Voice of the River

Gallatin River Task Force Refreshes Mission, Strategic Direction

The Gallatin River Task Force adopted a new mission after a full-day retreat on March 4th at Lone Mountain Ranch.

“The new mission reflects our decision to step into a leadership role to work with our community to sustainably manage water resources through the Headwaters Alliance,” Kristin Gardner, executive director of the Task Force, said.

The updated mission of the Task Force is to partner with our greater community to lead conservation and inspire stewardship of the Gallatin River Watershed.

Guided by this focus, the Task Force has a suite of exciting projects planned to restore, sustain, and protect the Gallatin River, which include:

  • Assuming the work of the Big Sky Headwaters Alliance committees to protect clean water for all by implementing the Big Sky Sustainable Watershed Stewardship Plan
  • Conducting a thorough investigation of algae and nutrients in the Upper Gallatin and streams that feed it during summer 2019
  • Building on work completed at Moose Creek Flat to restore streamside areas and improve river access by tackling similar projects at Deer Creek and Baetis Alley
  • Completing two intensive studies focused on groundwater resources and wastewater management in the South Canyon
  • Installing a new USGS monitoring station at Baetis Alley to characterize streamflow and temperature in the Upper Gallatin

The Task Force will update our strategic plan in late 2019 to reflect these expanded priorities and new projects.

Click to read our 2016 – 2020 strategic plan.


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