August 31, 2022
Flathead Basin Commission Projects, Products & Updates
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
The Flathead Basin Commission (FBC) requested time on the County Commissioners agenda to provide information on current projects and products that they have been developing. The FBC was created by the Montana Legislature in 1983 to protect the natural resources of one of the state’s most important watersheds, the stunning Flathead Basin. Commissioner Steve Stanley currently represents the Lake County Commissioners on the FBC.
Over the past couple years, the FBC has been focusing on nonpoint source pollution in the basin, and one of our major projects is the recent development of a GIS map-based model to identify areas of the basin that are most vulnerable to water quality degradation by underperforming or failing septic systems. This model is intended to be used as a tool for planners, developers, elected officials, and decision-makers to inform decisions about future development. It’s also a new way to provide a visual demonstration of water quality risks, density, and age of onsite wastewater treatment systems. During the Commissioners meeting, we plan to introduce the tool and share some other work FBC is doing to increase our collective understanding of the impacts septic systems and other nonpoint source pollution sources can have on natural resources.