The Voice of the River

Big Sky’s FOG Problem

Big Sky’s FOG Problem

As if we needed another reason to stop eating bacon cheeseburgers, it turns out that greasy foods are clogging more than just our arteries. According to the Big Sky Water and Sewer District, fats, oils and greases, or FOGs, are also clogging Big Sky’s sewer system,...

Big Sky Fourth Grade Students Explore Environmental Change

Big Sky Fourth Grade Students Explore Environmental Change

“If the water is not clear, nobody will want to play, raft, or fish the river…If nobody wants to play in the river, the economy will go down…because a lot of our money comes from sports in the river,” a fourth-grade student stated during a mock engineering summit at Ophir Elementary School. The Solutions Matter Summit was the culmination of a six-week unit of inquiry by the fourth-grade class exploring local and global environmental change.

A Tale of Two Winters

A Tale of Two Winters

In March, we predicted an early runoff, and below average peak flows, but now we’re not sure what to expect. What do you think peak flow in the Gallatin will be in 2017? When will the Gallatin peak? We’ll announce the best guess on our Facebook page.

NOAA vs. The Farmer’s Almanac: Whose prediction for the 2015/2016 winter has been the most accurate thus far?

NOAA vs. The Farmer’s Almanac: Whose prediction for the 2015/2016 winter has been the most accurate thus far?

This fall, the threat of a “super” El Niño for the 2015/2016 winter made national headlines. Forecasters called for flooding in California, drought in the Rockies, and a frigid winter in the Southwest. Now that the snow has started to fall in Big Sky, let’s see how two long-range forecasts compared to the winter we’ve experienced thus far.