Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association

 

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

 

  1. WaterWe 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 ManagementWe 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. 
     

 
 

Links

 

Services

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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

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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
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The Lake

GEORGETOWN LAKE UPDATE – November 1, 2022


Current Lake Elevation    6427.73    (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is below average for October, based on 80 years’ worth of lake elevation data. 

 

Elevation and Inputs
Since September 30, 2022 the water surface has fallen from 6427.93 to 6427.73 feet. Outflows exceeded inflows until October 19, when outflows were lowered to 10 cfs. Daily inflows were below 5 cfs for the first part of the month but precipitation increased, and daily inflows are steady around 10 – 11 cfs. The lake lost 528-acre feet of storage from September 30 to October 31.  Storage loss averaged -8.58 cfs.  The lake was gaining less than the average monthly October outflow of 21.7 cfs, with total lake inputs equal to 13.1 cfs. The inflows were 58% of normal for October. The inflows continue to be less than normal for this time of year but they have finally increased from last month. Cooler and wetter weather are forecasted in the long-term, with la niña conditions predicted, which could maintain higher inflows over the fall and winter.

Precipitation
In October, the Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site received 2.7 inches of precipitation (which is 135% of normal), and the Warm Springs SNOTEL site gained 3.4 inches (100% of normal).

Climate Forecast
The CPC climate forecast (created October 20, 2022) shows normal air temperatures and above normal precipitation for November, December, and January.  These forecasts are updated around the 20th of each month. The current Weather Service forecast from the Missoula forecast office for Philipsburg, MT shows winter weather for the next week. Highs are predicted to be in the high 30’s for the rest of the week with significant chance of snow Wednesday through Friday and lessening over the weekend. Lows are projected to be in the teens, which could contribute to some early ice formation.

Model Forecast
The water surface elevation sits at 6427.73 feet today, and I used a starting elevation of 6427.73 feet from the USGS gage for October 31. Inflows for October started much lower than normal and increased with several rain/snow storms. With the end of irrigation season on 10/15 I began assessing inflows at a daily level to better inform post irrigation outflows. Thus the model was off from my last run because I projected the lake elevation with average outflows of 19 cfs and they ended up being 21.7 cfs, but inflows were correctly anticipated near 60% of normal. For this run, I used 65% of normal in the model run for inflows. This is to account for the “trending up” conditions we’ve seen and accounting for the possibility of more moisture this winter. We have seen ~60% of normal for inflows over the winter for the last 5 years so it is a safe bet. If current conditions continue, it should be a good spring!!
 

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Wildlife

Protecting Montana's Waters
John O'Bannon AIS Area Supervisor for Southwest Montana, with the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks AIS Bureau, Presented a slide show on protecting Montana's lakes, rivers and streams from invasive mussels, snails and fish at the August Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association meeting and BBQ.  

For more information please contact:
John O'Bannon
406.210.5054
john.o'bannon@mt.gov  
cleandraindrymt.com


To help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species:

1. Help spread the Clean, Drain, Dry message
2. Boats traveling on the Interstate should be inspected prior to launch
3. Aquarium dumping must be STOPPED! Aquariums fish and plants can cause serious damage to our lakes and streams.

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Help Protect Our Bears

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 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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Montana Sport Fish Consumption Guidelines


What you need to know about Mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants when fishing in Montana. This guide provides information about how to enjoy healthy meals from wild fish caught in Montana. 

It provides specific scientific data about the water bodies which have been tested, plus more general information for areas that have not yet been tested.

  • For more information contact Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

  • For information on collection and laboratory testing of fish from Montana waters, call MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 406-444-2449.

  • For information on the health risks of eating fish, call MT Health & Human Services 406-444-2837    or email: HHSFCS@mt.gov.

  • Or visit the MFWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov/fishing

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