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Goodbye July!

Goodbye July!

[custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]Broadwater County Drought Resiliency Index Report[/custom_headline] [custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]August 2, 2016[/custom_headline]
  • Deep Creek Stream Flow is Average.
  • Average Temp in Townsend during July was 69° F.
  • Canyon Ferry Reservoir has below average inflow and discharge.
  • Average Precipitation in Townsend was above normal.


It’s no secret that it is dry in Broadwater County.   The Surface Water Supply Index (SWSI) for the State of Montana as of August 1st, 2016 shows the Upper Missouri being EXTREMELY DRY.  This is the case for most other counties throughout the state of Montana with an exception of the Northeast counties of the state being abnormally wet.

Data from the month of July has put Broadwater County in a Drought Alert meaning the “Governor’s Drought Advisory Committee strongly encourages local officials to convene local drought committees.” 

July Precipitation, Deep Creek Stream Flow, and Canyon Ferry Reservoir summaries and data can all be found below…

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Deep Creek Stream Flow, June 3[/custom_headline]

Deep Creek Stream Flow is Average.  Discharge has remained relatively stable for the past four years.  2014 was an above average year for Deep Creek stream flow.

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Broadwater County Regional Rainfall[/custom_headline]

*This precipitation is reported by several volunteers throughout the county. Due to the volunteer’s varying schedules, some are not able to report all rain events. The precipitation shown in this table only includes the consistently logged records.

Precipitation in July was above the normal for Townsend by .03″.  Average Rainfall in the county was 1.18″.  June precipitation was 0.45″.

Temperature was normal for July.

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Canyon Ferry Reservoir[/custom_headline]

The Canyon Ferry inflow is 945 cfs less then the 30 year Average and 632 cfs less then 2015.

The Canyon Ferry discharge into the Missouri River at Holten Dam is 615 cfs less then the 30 year average and 363 cfs less then 2015.

However, Reservoir Storage is normal, and remains 91% full at this time.

Let’s continue being strong stewards of the land and prepare to be more DROUGHT RESILIENT!

If you are interested in receiving any more information contact Katie Mumford, Broadwater Conservation District’s Big Sky Watershed Corps Member:   or     406-266-3146 x102

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