Keeping Bozeman water safe

The City of Bozeman will host an informational virtual open house on March 25th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. to provide background and current information on the Sourdough Fuels Reduction project. The open house will also launch a survey for interested community members to select from three different options for accessing the area near the Sourdough Trailhead during parts of the City’s work.

The Sourdough Fuels Reduction project is a part of the larger Bozeman Municipal Watershed project in partnership with the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Overall, the Bozeman Municipal Watershed provides 80% of the City’s water supply, approximately 40% from Sourdough Creek and 40% from Hyalite Creek.

Mitch Reister, Public Works Director says, “This project is a critical piece of work to protect and maintain Bozeman’s safe, clean, drinking water. As last year’s fire in the Bridger Foothills reminded us, we are not immune to a severe fire event close to town.”
Reister adds, “We know that some of the project work may impact folks who recreate in the area. Our goal with this engagement opportunity is to offer some options for how and when folks can access certain areas, specifically during a time when the impact to the public is at its highest.”
Community members interested in attending the open house should register via WebEx online at:
The meeting will be recorded and shared on the Bozeman Municipal Watershed website for those who can’t attend. City staff will host an additional meeting on April 8th from 5:30-7 p.m. to report back on the survey results, identify the preferred option for access selected by the community, and lay out the next steps for implementation. More information about the project can be found at


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Thu. Mar. 25, 2021   5:30-7pm

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