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Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association

Announcements

Meeting of the Board of Directors for the
Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association
was held at the Fire Hall on Saturday April 20, 2024
Board Chair, Brian Clarke, called the meeting to order.
The discussion was primarily about the decision by Granite County to NOT maintain or plow certain parts of the road around the lake 
(specifically Lakeshore Drive, Forest Service Road 8686)
Click Here to view the Granite County meeting minutes 
from February, 2020 to present about this issue.

 

Help protect our bears this Spring!

Visit www.peopleandcarnivores.org/bearsmart to learn about protecting our bears,

or Click Here to review the WILDLIFE section below

Announcements
SERVICES

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

The Lake

GEORGETOWN LAKE UPDATE – May 13, 2024

Current Lake Elevation          6428.96           (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)

The water surface elevation is slightly higher than normal for this time of year, based on 80 years’ worth of lake elevation data.

 

Elevation and Inputs

*NOTE – The USGS corrected the previous, provisional data for February, March, and April so values from past updates may now appear different in this report and on the USGS website.* Lake elevation has been about normal or slightly higher than normal for April. Above average precipitation and inflows have increased the lake level since the end of March, from 6428.74 ft to 6428.93 ft on April 30. Granite County has been operating under a Temporary Modification all winter spring so that outflows can exceed 10 cfs and more closely match the higher inflows. In April, inflows were above the long-term average. The lake gained 595 acre-ft of storage last month. April average monthly outflows of 27 cfs were less than inflows making the average total lake inputs equal to 37 cfs. The inflows were 110% of normal for April.  Estimated daily inflows were quite variable in April (ranging from a low of 11 cfs and a high of 58 cfs). This has primarily been from increased precipitation events. The first two weeks of May show this same variability from precipitation and some snowmelt, showing a trend of increasing lake level so far.

 

Precipitation

Snowfall in March and April has improved snowpack conditions significantly from earlier in the winter, snowmelt at Peterson Meadows has started over the last week, but has not begun at the higher elevation Warm Springs station. The Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site accumulated 2.6 inches of precipitation in April (which was 84% of normal for the month). Snowpack has declined several inches since 5/10/2024 and currently is at 7.4 inches which is 84% of normal for this time of year. The Warm Springs SNOTEL site, which gives an idea of the higher elevation precipitation conditions, accumulated 3.5 inches of precipitation in April (81% of normal). Warm Springs currently has 19.2 inches of Snow Water Equivalent (SWE), which is 85% of normal for mid-May.

 

Climate Forecast

The latest CPC climate forecast (created April 18, 2024) shows average air temperatures and average precipitation for the 1-month outlook and above average temperature with average precipitation for the 3-month outlook. The 1-week forecast for Philipsburg shows warmer temps with highs in the 60’s and 70’s and lows above freezing. Is only a slight chance of rain on 5/13 and 5/14.

 

Model Forecast

The water surface elevation sits at 6428.96 feet as of today (5/13/2024). I used the end of April lake level of 6428.93 ft for this model run. Based on current snowpack conditions and NRCS May 1 water supply forecasts across the Upper Clark Fork Basin, I am using 70% of normal for inflows. Although inflows were above average for April, the snowpack condition suggests that runoff will be less than average this year. This model run includes the outflows under Granite County’s current Temporary Modification throughout April and irrigation flows of 30 cfs beginning on May 15. Based on the model forecast, the onset of irrigation flows still leaves room in June to fill the lake, even with less than average runoff. Uncertainty in runoff amount could be accounted for by either increasing or decreasing the June outflow (shown in this run as 50 cfs). If runoff is VERY LOW (say < 50% of normal) then it will likely not be possible to fill the lake this year while maintaining the 30 cfs irrigation release.

Todd Blythe, Montana DNRC; Water Sciences Bureau; 406-438-0717; todd.blythe@mt.gov

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Wildlife

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

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  • Help us prevent conflicts with bears around Georgetown Lake. People and Carnivores is available to help any resident with information and resources on how to reduce the chance for conflicts with bears at your home and in your neighborhood.

  • For information on resources including bear-resistant garbage canisters, contact Kim Johnston, large carnivore specialist, 406-599-9424 or email kjohnston@peopleandcarnivores.org

  • Visit www.peopleandcarnivores.org/bearsmart to learn more.

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At Home Bear Safety Toolkit

We developed one toolkit for Homeowners & Residents in Bear Country with a flyer with bear aware information, a  bear-safe property checklist, information on where to get bear-resistant garbage canisters and other resources to reduce conflicts with bears. 

 

Vacation Rentals in Bear Country toolkit

We also created a toolkit for vacation rental properties, that has information for the property owner along with materials they can put in the rental for their guests with reminders to not leave attractants outside. We've seen a growing number of vacation rental properties where guests are leaving coolers on the porch and leaving the trash cans overflowing and not locking the lids, even when they have bear-resistant cans. We created stickers to go on the bear cans with a reminder for guests to keep them locked and not overfill, along with a magnet and other materials with helpful tips.

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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Recreation

Gallery

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Old Works Golf
Hiking
Winter Sport
Fishing Rod
Fishing Boat
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What does the Georgetown Lake Homeowner’s Association do for our community? 
 

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

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

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

  6. 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. 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. 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. GLHA offers a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of person or persons damaging a member’s property.

  10. We welcome new members to help us with these endeavors. The cost of membership is $50. 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. 

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