Here is a message we received from Archie Harper and graphics from the Forest Service:

“Here’s a graphic of the snow pack in water equivalents for the two nearest Snotel sites to the Helena area. We are near record levels for this time of year. If we don’t get the rains like we experienced in June, 2011, we will be alright with some minor flooding… It all boils down to the timing and amount of rain we get that will shape how all that water will come out this late spring. One thing In our favor is cooler than normal temperature projections for the remainder of spring, which would slow the rate of melt out.”

Thanks to all who came out to the West Valley Fire Hall last night (March 22nd). We enjoyed the snowpack and flood potential update from Megan Syner(NOAA), groundwater information from Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District’s James Swierc, an explanation of our stormwater system in the City of Helena by stormwater engineer Matt Culpo, and an update from the Valley Flood Committee.

Here is a link to a memo, written by Daniel Karlin, County Engineer RE: Helena Valley Flood Mitigation Status Update

Click here do download the PDF of the memo

We hope to see you again at our next meeting!

On October 26th, the Lake Helena Watershed Group teamed up with employees from the City of Helena, as well as a local Girl Scouts group to help paint an important message next to our storm drains:
“Dump No Waste; Drains to Stream”

Many storm water drains eventually dump straight into our creeks. It is important for all of us not only to refrain from dumping any waste directly into the drain, but also to make sure that we are mindful of other sources of pollution that will drain from our homes and lawns such as: pet waste, car fluids, and excess lawn fertilizer and chemicals.

A special “Thank You!” to all who donated their time and energy this Saturday morning (September 30th, 2017) to help us make the watershed that we live in a healthier, cleaner place.

31 garbage bags of litter were collected and will be picked up and disposed of by the Montana Department of Transportation on Monday morning.

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We collected 24 large garbage bags of litter in the spring of 2017. Join us again in the fall to gather even more!

Volunteer on Saturday, September 30th, to help clean up pounds of garbage along a 2 mile stretch off of York Road. Details below:

What: Fall Litter Clean Up
Where: We will meet in front of Chadwick’s Nursery on Custer Avenue. Address: 3010 E Custer Ave, Helena, MT 59602
When: September 30th at 9:00 AM. Stay for as short or long as you are able to.

Safety vests and garbage bags will be provided. 
Please bring gloves! 

Please RSVP to: vstacey@lccountymt.gov

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There are a lot of exciting things happening this year in our watershed. Want to learn more about what’s going on? Come to the Montana City Fire Hall tomorrow night (June 22nd) from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM to hear from:

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Updates from Dick Sloan on the Passive Wetland Treatment on Minehaha Creek intended to remove zinc 
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Jason Fladland on our drinking water supply, updates on the Upper Tenmile Watershed 
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Jennifer McBrrom on recent restoration work on Prickly Pear Creek (Tryan, Weber, Cloninger and Taylor project), updates on Re-watering of Prickly Pear Creek

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Before Re-Watering

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After Re-Watering


We hope to see you there!

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June 24th is a day filled with activities focussed on our water resources.

The day kicks off with the annual Running Water For Helena 5K and 10 Mile Run/Walk at 8 AM. Everyone will meet and start at the Tenmile Water Treatment Facility off of Rimini Road: 1115 Rimini Rd, Helena, MT 59601.

Discover where your drinking water comes from and the challenges that face it.

Click here to Register for the Race There’s still plenty of time!

Before, during, and after the race will be opportunities to take a tour of the water treatment facility, view displays and speak with local agencies working toward improving our water resources such as the U.S. Forest Service, CDM Smith and The City of Helena.

After the race, there will be a Wetland Festival at the beautiful Spring Meadow Resources pavilion. There, we will have free food, drinks (for children and adults), educational tables, kids fishing, games and activities for the whole family to enjoy! View more details HERE.

We are all very excited about this day, and hope that you will be there to Celebrate our Watershed with us!

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