GYC working for clean water, cold water in Montana’s Gallatin River

While sewage isn't the most attractive topic in Greater Yellowstone, we thought we'd mark today's one-year anniversary of the spill into Montana's Gallatin River with an update on what GYC's doing to keep something like this from ever happening again.

Treated sewage flows into the Gallatin River after a holding pond failed in March 2016. We're working to make sure this never happens again. (Photo courtesy Explore Big Sky.)

Treated sewage flows into the Gallatin River after a holding pond failed in March 2016. We're working to make sure this never happens again. (Photo courtesy Explore Big Sky.)

The spill prompted all the people who use and love this river to come together to figure out ways to make sure this never happens again.

We can’t pretend that today’s status quo is good enough for the Gallatin. And we can’t pretend Big Sky isn't growing by leaps and bounds, or stop people from moving to or from having kids in the GYE.  

What we can do is work with business owners, anglers, rafters, and farmers and ranchers to look at all the possible options to make sure there’s enough clean water for all of us in the 21st century. 

It’s early days, so the group hasn’t yet rallied around one option or one proposal. But we have one caveat for joining this group: Whatever option the group comes up with has to be what’s called a “no degradation” option – which means clean water for fishing, irrigating and drinking, and cold water to keep our trout thriving.

So if you care about fishing the Gallatin, rafting House Rock, irrigating your fields with Gallatin water, or just enjoying cold, clean water, join us. The next Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum meetings are March 30 and April 27.

-- Bob Zimmer, Waters Program Coordinator