THE FLATHEAD BASIN COMMISSION
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.
The Flathead Basin Commission, working with our communities and stakeholders, is
leading efforts to improve and protect water quality and the natural resources
in the Flathead Basin and is realizing measurable results.
DUTIES, GOALS and ISSUES
The Flathead Basin Commission uses duties, goals and issues to establish and
prioritize work objectives. Duties are mandated in the enabling legislation
establishing the Flathead Basin Commission. Goals are described in terms of
measurable accomplishments derived from the mandated duties to be achieved at
specific times in the future. Issues are described as concerns that the Flathead
Basin Commission plans to address.
DUTIES MANDATED BY FBC ESTABLISHING LEGISLATION
(1) to submit to the governor and, as provided in 5-11-210, to the legislature a
biennial report that includes:
(a) a summary of information gathered in fulfillment of its duties under this
(b) information on monitoring activities within the Flathead basin concerning
the condition of the basin's natural resources, with particular emphasis on
(c) the identification of land use and land development trends in the Flathead
(d) 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
(e) an accounting of all money received and expended, by source and purpose, for
the period since the last report;
(2) to meet at least semiannually within the Flathead basin, alternating the
meeting site between the cities of Kalispell and Polson; and
(3) to achieve the duties described in the FBC’s enabling legislation 75-7-304.
KEY GOALS AND ISSUES
(1) Continue efforts to prevent and contain Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS),
focusing on zebra and quagga mussels, and invasive aquatic plants.
(2) Continue efforts to work cooperatively with Canadian and American partners
to protect the headwaters of the Flathead River.
(3) Continue monitoring efforts currently in place, including the collaborative
surface water monitoring plan, groundwater monitoring efforts and the volunteer
monitoring program for the purpose of understanding long-term water quality
trends in the basin.
(4) Continue addressing issues and policies relating to growth and development
in the Basin that affect water quality and other long-term natural and economic
(5) Promote civil discourse and factual, objective discussion of the issues with
which we engage both inside the Commission and with the other agencies and
organizations with whom we interact, and to be known as a source of accurate
information about those issues.
(6) Foster co-operative work with and among other agencies and organizations in
the Flathead and to build coalitions where possible to further the objectives of
(7) Develop ways to improve capacity and increase the effectiveness of the
Commission, including but not limited to the provision of adequate funding and
(8) Address other issues and opportunities that are of importance to the Basin
as a whole and where the FBC has a clear and unique capacity to make a positive
contribution, as FBC time and resources permit.
(9) Foster voluntary efforts to improve water quality in the basin, including
but not limited to volunteer monitoring, education and outreach and AIS-based
(10) Work with federal, state, tribal and local government to address landscape
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