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.
To submit to the governor and, as provided in 5-11-210, to the legislature a biennial report that includes:
- A summary of information gathered in fulfillment of its duties under this section;
- Information on monitoring activities within the Flathead basin concerning the condition of the basin's natural resources, with particular emphasis on Flathead Lake;
- The identification of land use and land development trends in the Flathead basin;
- Any recommendations the commission considers appropriate for fulfillment of its duties and for continued preservation of the Flathead basin in the present high quality of its aquatic resources; and
- An accounting of all money received and expended, by source and purpose, for the period since the last report;
- To meet at least semiannually within the Flathead basin, alternating the meeting site between the cities of Kalispell and Polson
- To achieve the duties described in the FBC’s enabling legislation 75-7-304.