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.
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.
MANDATED BY FBC ESTABLISHING LEGISLATION
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 section;
(b) information on monitoring activities within
the Flathead basin concerning the condition of the basin's natural resources,
with particular emphasis on Flathead Lake;
(c) the identification of land use and land
development trends in the Flathead basin;
(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;
meet at least semiannually within the Flathead basin, alternating the meeting
site between the cities of Kalispell and Polson; and
to achieve the duties described in the FBC’s enabling legislation 75-7-304.
KEY GOALS AND ISSUES
Continue efforts to prevent and contain
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), focusing on zebra and quagga mussels, and
invasive aquatic plants.
Continue efforts to work cooperatively
with Canadian and American partners to protect the headwaters of the Flathead
Partner with Burlington Northern Santa Fe,
governmental and other stakeholders to facilitate the development and/or
strengthening of pro-active prevention and emergency response plans related to
the transport of hazardous materials via rail.
Undertake targeted monitoring efforts
based upon programmatic needs. To the
extent possible, support 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.
Continue addressing issues and policies
relating to growth and development in the Basin that affect water quality and
other long-term natural and economic interests.
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.
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 the FBC.
Develop ways to improve capacity and
increase the effectiveness of the Flathead Basin Commission, including but not
limited to the provision of adequate funding and staffing.
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
voluntary efforts to improve water quality in the basin, including but not
limited to wastewater management,
education and outreach and AIS-based efforts.
with federal, state, tribal and local government to address landscape level
impacts associated with climate change, by facilitating adaptive management
efforts, including but not limited to drought planning.
Read the complete plan by clicking on the link under PDF documents to the right.