Protect the waters, natural resources, and environment of Flathead Basin by support the Comission.

Our Mission

To protect the existing high quality of the Flathead Lake aquatic environment; the waters that flow into, out of, or are tributary to the Lake and; the natural resources and environment of the Flathead Basin.

About the Flathead Basin Comission

The Flathead Basin Commission (FBC) was created in 1983 by the Montana Legislature to monitor and protect water quality and the natural resources in one of the State's most important watersheds. The FBC is a uniquely structured non-regulatory organization that works to accomplish its mandate in a consensus-building manner, stressing education, cooperation, broadly based community involvement, partnerships with agencies and nonprofit groups, and the voluntary participation of Basin residents. Consistent with the duties of the Commission as stated in the establishing statute the Commission considers its role in the Basin to:

  • Coordinate water quality protection and monitoring activities
  • Working with our partners, ensure that water quality, economic, land use and natural resource data is gathered, analyzed, interpreted and disseminated to the public and responsible agencies.
  • Facilitate policies and actions that have a positive result on water quality and natural resources.
  • Provide leadership in making the case for Basin water quality and protection of its natural resource.

The twenty-three member Commission represents a cross-section of citizens and local, state, tribal, federal and provincial agency representatives who strive to identify the Basin's water quality and natural resources problems and work collectively to implement the most effective solutions. The Agency members of the Commission are prescribed in statute; the Governor appointed members are selected for four-year staggered terms.

The Flathead Basin Commission has become a model of successful citizen and inter-agency cooperation in a geographically vast and ecologically diverse watershed characterized by its overall pristine character, international dimension, and multi-jurisdictional nature.

Outline of the Flathead Basin in Montana

Enabling Legislation

Non-point Source Pollution

The FBC has prioritized non-point source pollution in our two-year work plan. We're working on septic leachate, stormwater and other water quality issues in the basin. Stay tuned!

The Flathead Basin Commission has created an onsite wastewater treatment committee to address water quality and public health concerns as they relate to septic leachate. Several studies have documented links to failing septic systems on both Flathead and Whitefish Lakes. The Committee is comprised of interested commissioners, partners, and citizens. All meetings are open to the public.

Goals/Objectives of FBC Onsite Wastewater Committee:

Upcoming Meetings

Jan 20, 2021
(TBD/likely virtual)
March 31, 2021
(TBD/likely virtual)
Email Cassidy.Bender@mt.gov to participate.

Annual Reports

2017-2018

Commission Members & Staff

  • EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
  • GOVERNOR APPOINTED
  • EX OFFICIO
  • STAFF
Rich Janssen, Flathead Basin Commision Chair

Rich Janssen
Chair

Ed Lieser, Flathead Basin Commision Vice Chair

Ed Lieser
Vice Chair

Kathy Olsen, Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation

Kathy Olsen
DNRC Rep

Mike Koopal, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Mike Koopal
Member at Large

Casey Lewis, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Casey Lewis

Kurt Steele, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Kurt Steele

Patrick Holmes, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Patrick Holmes

Dave Stipe, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Dave Stipe

Jeff Mow, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Jeff Mow

Jim Simpson, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Jim Simpson

Jasmine Courville, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Jasmine Courville Brown

Steve Frye, Flathead Basin Commision Governor Appointed Staff

Steve Frye

Jack Potter, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Jack Potter

Randy Brodehl, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Randy Brodehl

Lech Naumovich, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Lech Naumovich

Mark Bostrom, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Mark Bostrom

Myla Kelly, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Myla Kelly

Jim Williams, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Jim Williams

Mark D. Rellar, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Mark D. Reller

Jason Gildea

Dennis Philmon, Flathead Basin Commision Member

Dennis Philmon
Field Office Manager

Kate Wilson, Flathead Basin Administrator

Kate Wilson
FBC Administrator

Cassidy Bender, Commission Coordinator Flathead Basin

Cassidy Bender
FBC Coordinator