Big Sky is one of the few Montana communities that have never – ever – used a discharge permit to dispose of their treated wastewater into a surface water, and gave up their original discharge permit over 15 years ago.
The Voice of the River
Snowpack & the Importance of Water Conservation
Precipitation is beneficial to our groundwater in any form, and while we are grateful for any and all snowpack that we can accumulate over the winter months, we cannot assume that it will stay long enough to be reliable as a source for our community water year round. That’s where water conservation comes into play.
A sustainable watershed relies on community vision, collaboration, and execution
The intent of the plan to expand the district is to put into place nearly five miles of sewer main along Highway 191 and throughout the canyon corridor, effectively retiring old septic systems that present notable human and health risks. A central sewer system introduces several significant benefits, including better treatment and management of community wastewater.
A Community’s Connection to the Watershed
What do we actually know about how we are connected to our watershed? How does the connection between precipitation, absorption, runoff, evaporation and consumption play out through our daily use of water, whether for personal or commercial use, recreation, irrigation, or otherwise?
As April Showers Bring May Flowers…Now is Just the Right Time to Think about Water-Wise Gardening
It’s hard to believe we have made our way this quickly through April, and are rounding the bend to May! We’ll be seeing fewer snowy days, warming temperatures, and a slow and steady shift into summer mode. With a farewell to ski season pending, we’ll soon be dusting...
Fix A Leak Week
Did you know leaks in your home could be wasting thousands of gallons of water each year? In fact, according to an accountability study through the EPA, the average family can waste 180 gallons per week, or 9,400 gallons of water annually from household leaks;...
Snowpack and the Gallatin River
We care about snow for a lot of reasons. We need it to enjoy all of our winter sports; skiing, snowboarding, Nordic adventures, and even a good snowshoe. Nothing says cozy like curling up next to a fireplace on a cold, snowy evening, and Lone Mountain is arguably the...
New Year, More Water Savings!
Need a new year’s resolution you can keep? How about cutting down your water use! Let’s review all the ways you can save money and water both inside and outside your home. By participating in the Big Sky Water Conservation Program, not only are you benefiting the...
Safeguarding a Legacy for Future Generations
The indigenous Shoshone people that first called this area home, called the Gallatin, the “Cut-tuh-o’gwa” (swift water) while conservationist and future President Teddy Roosevelt camped and enjoyed the Gallatin at Beaver Creek in 1888, along today’s 191. This history...
Holiday Savings – Upgrade Your Clothes Washer Today!
Have family visiting you this holiday season? Thinking about all the bedding you’ll have to wash and extra clothing loads adding up? Now is the time to upgrade to an energy efficient washer! Save water and money this winter by switching to an energy efficient washer,...