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Georgetown Lake Home Owners Association

 

WHAT DOES THE GEORGETOWN LAKE HOME OWNER’S ASSOCIATION DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY?

 

  1. Water:  We are on a committee that advise Granite County on lake management.  We cosponsored and participated in a Clean Lake Study to assure our lake is healthy. It Is!

  2. Zoning: Homeowners at the lake wanted a “soft touch” zoning or development rules so we guided that process through meeting and hearings until that was achieved. ( 3 years). 

  3. Wildlife Management:  We work closely with FWP and other groups to address wildlife issues in our area. This includes public presentations and promoting good management practices such as bear proof garbage cans. 

  4. Volunteer Fire Department: We support the Georgetown Lake Fire Department with equipment donations and funding for equipment for the Emergency Response Unit.

  5. Planning Board: We have had a member sit on the Granite County Planning Board to guide development at the lake.

  6. Meetings: GLHA holds two meetings at the lake every year to keep members informed of current issues. There are usually speakers from various agencies to inform us on topics of interest. 

  7. Watershed: GLHA has a representative sit on the Granite County Watershed Committee. This group is designed to preserve and protect the watershed including Georgetown Lake. They also promote maintaining our rural lifestyle. 

  8. Flow Gauges: GLHA also shares in the cost of maintaining a USGS flow gauge on Flint Creek. This measures the water coming out of Georgetown Lake on a real time basis. This enables us to monitor management of the reservoir by Granite County. 

  9. Membership: We welcome new members to help us with these endeavors. The cost of membership is $25. You can send a check to GLHA, PO Box 643 , Anaconda, Montana 59711. Include your address at the lake and for future mailings, email is appreciated also. 
     

SERVICES

Georgetown Lake Volunteer Fire Department

The fire hall can now host your community events including meetings and weddings.  Please contact Fred to discuss your ideas as to how you might use the fire hall.

Fred Bjorklund, Fire Chief

406-560-3260

Anaconda Sheriff Dept

Please call 911 if a crime is in progress, someone is hurt or threatened, a weapon has been used or is present, or for any other emergency situation.

If you have an emergency. please dial 911

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Phone: 911
 

The Lake

September 9, 2019

The reservoir appears to be in great shape heading into autumn.  Today the water surface elevation is at 6428.70 feet, and outflow is at about 42 cfs.  Right now, the accumulated water year precipitation is 88% of normal at both Peterson Meadows and Warm Springs SNOTEL sites.  However, the NWS forecast at the lake calls for cool and wet weather for the next several days.
Net reservoir inputs (surface water, groundwater, precipitation) have been good this summer.  For June through August, inputs averaged 70% of the long term normal.  For August, lake inputs averaged 91% of normal, and for September 1 through 15, inputs have averaged 108% of normal.  As we head into autumn, nights get cooler and longer, days get shorter and also cooler (in general), so there is a decline in lake evaporation and transpiration from plants.
I have been asked to run a couple of model scenarios.  Scenario One would be for outflow to continue at the current rate of about 42 cfs for the rest of September and then switch to 30 cfs outflows.  Scenario Two would be to continue at 42 cfs for September, switching to 15 cfs for the rest of the season.  I have also included two Bonus scenarios!
The first tricky part is to pick a model input “percent of normal” figure that realistically represents future reservoir inputs.  Weighing it all out, I feel like 95% of normal is a good figure.  Rain and cool air temperatures are forecast for the next several days, and the CPC climate forecast indicates warmer than normal air, but basically normal precipitation for the next several months.

Dave Amman, Montana DNRC, 444-6648

 
 

Wildlife

Kim Johnson from People and Carnivores (www.peopleandcarnivors.org) presented at the GTL HOA meeting.  

Bears, wolves, and cougars naturally roam from their core habitat areas in search of food, security, and mates. But the surrounding landscapes they must pass through are not protected and consist of small cities, towns, and rural communities, where human development is increasing, and where attractants are plentiful.  Attractants bring carnivores into conflict with people or their property. Livestock, garbage, pet food, crops, and other human food sources all attract large carnivores and pose a potential risk to both wildlife and people.

Bear Safe Residence Checklist

 

  • All animal food is stored in bear safe containers or indoors

    • Dog and Cat Food

    • Horse Feed

    • Bird Feed

  • Bird Feeders Only Out from Mid-November to April 1st

  • Grills are Cleaned and Stored Indoors

  • Cars are Odor-Free

  • No Litter Around the Premises

  • Garbage Stored in Bear Proof Containers or Inside Until Morning of Pickup

  • Clean Up All Animal Waste

  • Coolers Secured Indoors (Even When Drying Out)

  • Outdoor Gardens and Chicken Coops Have Electric Fencing

  • Compost Piles have Electric Fencing

  • Keep Odorous outdoor Recreation items Indoors

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE TO BEAR SAFETY - CLICK HERE

BEAR PROOF GARBAGE CAN PROJECT

To order your own bear proof garbage can send an email to

KJOHNSTON@PEOPLEANDCARNIVORES.ORG

Kim Johnston 406-599-9424

COST $80.00  

FOR SPRING 2020 DELIVERY

Send payment with address information to:

People and Carnivores

P.O. Box 6733
Bozeman, MT 59771

Phone: (406) 587-3389
Fax: (406) 587-3178
info@peopleandcarnivores.org

 

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