Water Quality Protection District

We all need clean water.  We drink it.  We fish, swim, boat and enjoy it in our streams and lakes.  It irrigates our crops, is used by our businesses, and helps keep our yards and parks green.  The Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District has worked to preserve, protect, and improve water quality since 1992.

WQPD Board Meeting - December 5, 2017 at 5:30 in room 230 of the City-County Building. 

LHWG Meeting -Next year. TBD

For information on what is Arsenic and Uranium from the Helena Area 2016 Arsenic Sampling Project, if found in your well water, please visit the Water Quality Resources page.

Watershed Restoration Plan - (2016 - 2023) In the next seven years, the priority areas for watershed restoration projects are:

1.  Sediment reduction activities throughout the watershed

2.  Lower Prickly Pear Creek, downstream from Lump Gulch

3.  Lower Tenmile Creek, below the water treatment plant.   


Is your well water safe?  Find out.  Reduced Cost Water Sampling Kits Available  Annual well water testing is the only way to know if your water is safe.  Stop by the City-County Building, room 230 to pick up your drinking water sampling kit.  This kit is offered at a reduced cost, plus you can receive an additional $25 reimbursement from the L&C Conservation District. For more information on the program click here: MSU Extension Water Quality

 Provided is a link to show current condition maps - Published by the NRCS National Water & climate Center and others.  For example, a couple of maps are -  current snowpack conditions (MT SNOTEL current SWE % of normal), MT SNOTEL water year (Oct 1st) to date precipitation % of normal.

Current Snow depth readings at Snotel stations locally and across the U.S.

National Groundwater Awareness Week   Anytime is a good time to sample your well.  Stop by and see us and let's talk about your well. 

This is a great reminder to test and protect your groundwater.  What will you do to protect your groundwater?  Take advantage of the reduced cost sampling program.  Kits are available at the City/County Building, Room 230. 

Water Quality Protection District News, a compilation of water quality-related news of potential interest to the Water Quality Protection District Board.

Find Us

City-County Building
316 North Park Avenue, Room 230
Helena, MT  59623

Kathy Moore, Environmental Division Administrator (406) 457-8926

Jennifer McBroom, Community Outreach & Watershed Coordinator (406) 457-8584

James Swierc, Hydrogeologist (406) 457-8585

Gary Burton, Water Watchers (406) 457-8584

Pete Schade, Water Quality Specialist (406) 457-8927