PABLO — The Flathead Basin Commission will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, June 26 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) Tribal Council Chambers in Pablo (42483 5th Ave E. Pablo, MT). 

The morning portion of the meeting will focus on administrative business including a review and approval of the Commission’s meeting minutes, update on staff work, financials, a new website, and a two-year work plan. Discussion and potential decisions on action items will be discussed, including budgeting the $117,000 funds allocated for the new fiscal year, advancing a stormwater project in the basin and relevant legislative updates. The Commission will discuss how to move forward on the of a septic leachate issue in the basin, and study bill that they pursued in the 2019 legislative session. 

In the afternoon, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)’s Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Program will be presented by BPA, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and CSKT staff. Chair Rich Janssen will provide an overview of the CSKT Natural Resources Department. Russ Hartzell, an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Inspections Supervisor with FWP will provide updates on the state’s AIS Program, and DEQ’s Hannah Riedl will present on the emerging issue of harmful algal blooms. 

The FBC was created in 1983 by the Montana Legislature to monitor and protect water quality and the natural resources in the Flathead Basin. The FBC is a uniquely structured non-regulatory  organization that works to accomplish its duties in a consensus-building manner. All FBC meetings are open to the public and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

For more information, or if you are interested in becoming part of the FBC, please contact Kate Wilson at 406-542-4282 or kate.wilson@mt.gov.

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