One thing the Gallatin River Task Force is striving to achieve is the balanced relationship between recreation and the Gallatin – and there are countless ways to enjoy all our favorite activities while keeping the health & safety of the resource in mind.
The Voice of the River
The Gallatin River Task Force raised over $200,000 for river restoration and water conservation projects on the upper Gallatin River. This was the largest amount ever raised in one event to protect the Gallatin River.
The rebranded Gallatin River Festival will make a splash in Big Sky from June 28th to 30th, 2019 to promote conservation and stewardship of the Gallatin River watershed.
The roughly 84 million doggie denizens living in the US produce an estimated 11.6 million tons of poop every year. That’s enough doo to fill nearly 300,000 eighteen-wheelers parked bumper-to-bumper from New York City to Los Angeles, according to DoodyCalls, a franchise that specializes in pet waste removal. All that crap poses a threat when dog owners don’t pick up after their pets, leaving poop to be carried by runoff to rivers and streams.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will make a splash in Big Sky on Wednesday, March 20th at the Lone Peak Cinema with two showings at 5 and 8 PM. The 2019 tour showcases ten fly fishing films from around the world.
The Gallatin River Task Force will host the seventh annual Upper Gallatin River Cleanup on August 30th at 2 PM. Volunteers will pick up trash from the banks of the Gallatin River between the Yellowstone National Park boundary and the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, as well as cleaning up streams in the Big Sky area. Last year, over one hundred volunteers removed 1,000 pounds of trash from the watershed.
After a watershed year in 2017, the Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival returns to Big Sky from June 28th to 30th, 2018. The Fly Fishing festival features three action-packed days that celebrate fly fishing and conservation, including a Montana-made spirits garden and music by the Last Revel. Last year, the festival invested $33,000 in a healthy Gallatin River for future generations.
The Gallatin River Task Force and YES for Responsible Mining will host a training for volunteers who are interested in gathering signatures to support the petition for I-186 on Thursday, May 31st from 4 to 5 PM at the Big Sky Water and Sewer District conference room. The training will consist of two parts and is mandatory for anyone interested in gathering signatures for I-186. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, a Montana resident, and registered to vote in Montana. For more information or to express interest, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call (406) 993 – 2519, or visit yeson186.org.
Help the Gallatin River Task Force and the Custer Gallatin National Forest preserve the Gallatin River for generations to come. Join us for a volunteer project on Monday, May 21st at 9:30 AM to install fencing around streamside vegetation planted at Moose Creek Flat. This opportunity is part of a long-term effort to improve river health and public safety in Gallatin Canyon.
Do you rely on a domestic well for your drinking water supply? If so, have you ever tested your water quality? As a well owner, it is up to you to test your drinking water to ensure it is safe for you and your family. It is estimated that only 10% or less of households in Gallatin County that drink water from individual domestic wells have ever tested their water quality. Unlike public water systems, no one regularly tests your well water for you and it is your responsibility, just like getting an oil change in your car, or rotating your tires.