Links to Water Information from A-Z

A Layperson's Guide
compiled by the
Gallatin Local Water Quality District
&
Montana Water Center


Categories / Topics 

For information on......

Basic Hydrology and Soils

The water cycle, where it comes from and how it moves.

Chemistry of Water

Arsenic to lead to nitrate.

Drinking Water

Local, regional and national resources.

Educational Resources

Information and activities for teachers, students, and citizens.

Gallatin County Resources

Maps, photos, haz-waste collection, recycling events.

Other Links

Local, state-wide and national links to water resources sites...EPA, USGS.

Microbiology of Drinking Water

 Information on bacteria in drinking water.

Publications

Documents on local water resources plus US EPA publications.

Source Water Protection

Montana Source Water Protection Program, wellhead protection facts.

Wastewater/Septic Systems

Septic systems and alternative systems. Includes: site selection, design, inspections, installation, and maintenance.

Water Data for Montana 

Maps, stream flow data, weather and well logs.

Water Testing 

Home sampling, parameters tested, interpretation of test results.

Water Treatment 

Shock chlorination, treatment systems, water softeners.

Watersheds (Streams, Lakes, Wetlands)

Montana watersheds, national organizations, and information on watershed components.

Wells 

Construction, disinfection.


 

Basic Hydrology and Soils

 

 


 

Chemistry of Water

 

 


 

Drinking Water

 

 

Educational Resources

 

  • Drinking Water -- Where does it come from? How do impurities get there? An educational primer from 'Newton's Apple' - a public television family science show.
  • Math & Science Resources - Science & Math Consortium for Northwest schools. 
  • Montana Watercourse / Project WET - 'Know your Watershed' events, Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring, Water Education for Teachers, groundwater model and stream-side traveling trunks.
  • Water Science for Schools - U.S. Geological Survey. Information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
  • Montana State University Extension Service - Educational resource providing research-based knowledge in natural resources, pollution prevention, agriculture and community development.


 

Gallatin County Resources

 

  • Montana Pollution Prevention Program - Resource for Montana's small businesses and citizens to minimize waste and create a safer environment to live and work in.  Publications, videos, pollution prevention/solid waste library, Montana material exchange, EcoStar Award, and more.
  • Spatial Data for Septic Assessment - Comprehensive database for septic system review in the Gallatin Local Water Quality District.
  • Gallatin Local Water Quality District (GLWQD)Ground water, hydrogeology, surface water and wetland information.  Household Hazardous Waste Collection and resources, controlled ground water areas (Idaho Pole, Bozeman Solvent Site, Sypes Canyon).  Water resources education information.  Potential contaminant source inventory for the GLWQD.  Color-infrared imagery of the Gallatin Valley.
  • Gallatin County Environmental Health – Septic permit and installation inspections.  Soil suitability analysis and percolation tests.  Subdivision review assistance.  Public water supply inspections.
  • Gallatin County Open Lands Board – Open space bond, conservation easements, open lands preservation tools, new and meetings, grants and government preservation programs.
  • Gallatin County Planning Department – Land use planning and zoning, rural land use, FEMA flood plain maps, floodplain administration, county-wide growth plan, links to floodplain maps.


 

Other Links 

 


 

Microbiology of Drinking Water

 


 

Publications 

 

  Click here to download Acrobat PDF reader


 

Source Water Protection 

 


 

Wastewater - Septic systems

 


 

Water Data for Montana

 


 

Water Testing (Home sampling, parameters, and interpretations)

 


 

Water Treatment 

 


 

Watersheds (streams, lakes, wetlands)

 

  • Montana Watersheds - Grants and funding, technical resources directory, listing of watershed groups in Montana, watershed FAQ's.
  • River Network - Helping people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds. 
  • Surf your Watershed - EPA. A service to help you locate, use, and share environmental information about your Place.
  • Watersheds - EPA Office of Water.  A collection of watershed information including Adopt-a-Watershed, funding, databases, outreach, National Watershed Forum, and the Watershed Information Network. 
  • Wetlands - An EPA Division with information on wetland facts, laws, regulations, landowner assistance and stewardship, water quality monitoring, and science education and information resources.  
  • Montana Wetlands Information Clearinghouse - MT State Library-NRIS.  An information clearinghouse.  Contains links to maps and photos, Montana NWI Data, wetland indicator species, publications, guide books, articles, metadata, and wetland news/issues.  Montana Wetlands Council.   
  • Montana Watershed Coordination Council - An information and support network for volunteer watershed groups in Montana as well as conservation districts and other organizations dedicated to watershed work and water resources.  
  • Water Resources - Montana DNRC - Water rights, Board of Water Well Contractors, floodplain management, water supply and management.
  • TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) – Montana DEQ.  303(d) and 305(b) Lists of Impaired Streams.  Watershed Restoration Plans, TMDL Schedule, TMDL Program Description, Draft TMDL Plans, TMDL laws and rules, Water Quality Monitoring Standard Operating Procedures.


 

Wells