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 Districthas worked to preserve, protect, and improve water quality and quantity since 1992.
Due to the COVID-19 response, all WQPD meetings will be held through an online Zoom meeting format until further notice.
LHWG Meeting -Visit the LHWG website for more information. LHWG
Flood Watch-Updated 5-15-2020
With precipitation expected over the next week, some area streams may rise to near flood levels. If flooding does occur, please keep the following in mind:
- All flood waters can contain pathogens and contaminants, and contact should be avoided wherever possible.
- The COVID-19 has been detected in wastewater nationwide, and may possibly be transmitted through contact with contaminated wastewater.
- While incidence of the COVID-19 in Montana is low, extra precautions should be taken where wastewater (septic) contamination of floodwaters is possible.
- Where water supplies (wells) are affected by flood waters, be sure to have hand sanitizer for hand-washing and bleach for cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces.
- Maintain social distancing, and other COVID-19 preparedness guidelines during flood preparations and when working in and around floodwaters.
- Please, help your neighbors!
East North Hills - James Swierc presentation on October 1, 2019 at Jim Darcy School - ENH presentation
Groundwater levels in the Tenmile Creek Area - Check the groundwater levels in the Tenmile Creek area. Water levels will vary depending on location. We have updated our website for the year 2020. Currently water level measurements are taken monthly so please check back periodically for updates.
Ice Jam Flooding from Silver Creek - January 28,2020 update -
The WQPD's monitoring plan to collect groundwater information in the Tenmile Creek flood zone during flooding events.
Click here for results and discussions on groundwater levels, recharge, and other factors that led to the 2018 flooding in the Helena Valley.
If you were unable to make any of the informative flood meetings in early 2019, the WQPD provided the presentations for you to view. They offer helpful links in case you want to track water levels both with surface water and groundwater.
As you are scrolling through the slides, please note the conversation box in the upper left hand of each slide of the WQPD presentations. A description and/or explanation of the slide was provided for each.
Please let your neighbors know that this information is here.
County Agencies Contact Information:
Disaster & Emergency Services, 406-447-8285 - Public Information Hotline, 406-447-1605
Environmental Health, 406-447-8351 - Drinking Water, Well Safety, Sewage, Septic Systems
Public Health, 406-457-8900 - Food Safety, Mold, Shelter Inspections, Disease Control
Public Works, 406-447-8037 - Road Repair, Bridge Repair, Culverts
Sheriff's Office, 406-457-8235 (non-emergencies) - Evacuation, Traffic Control, Road Closures
Planning & Floodplain Administration - 406-447-8394
Start out the new year by sampling your private well and find out if it is safe to drink!
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 224 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
Stream Gage reports - Surface Water Assessment and Monitoring Program
National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 8-14, 2020 but 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 224.
316 North Park Avenue, Room 230
Helena, MT 59623
Kathy Moore, Environmental Division Administrator (406) 457-8926
Jennifer McBroom, Program Supervisor (406) 457-8584
James Swierc, Hydrogeologist (406) 457-8585
Gary Burton, Water Watchers (406) 457-8584
Pete Schade, Water Quality Specialist (406) 457-8927
Valerie Stacey, Environmental Technician (406) 457- 8891