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.
WQPD Board Meeting -June 25, 2019, at 5:30, Room 226 of the City-County Building, 316 N. Park Ave. Board Agendas
LHWG Meeting -Latest meeting held April 11, 2019. Visit the LHWG website for more information. LHWG
**2019 Flood Information**
Flood season has arrived and the WQPD would like to remind everyone to WATCH THE SIGNS! Below are some very helpful links for you to view that will provide information on groundwater levels, wells and septic systems.
Drink Safe Water - CDC
Managing Your Septic System During/Following a Flood - L&C Public Health
NEW - Groundwater levels in the Tenmile Creek Area - Check the groundwater levels in the Tenmile Creek area. Water levels will vary depending on location. Check back periodically as we are updating levels weekly.
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.
Helena Valley Flood meeting information-
The County, the Valley Flood Committee and the COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters) sponsored a series of three meetings beginning in January that provided the community with information on the 2018 flood, how to prepare for future flooding, and hands-on activities of ways to protect you and your home.
If you were unable to make any of the informative flood meetings, the WQPD provided the presentations for you to view. They offer helpful links in case you 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
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
Montana Water Supply Report - Spring 2018
Stream Gage reports - Surface Water Assessment and Monitoring Program
National Groundwater Awareness Week was March 10-16, 2019 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 230.
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