GWIP Current Projects

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North Hills Project (Helena)location map project area 12

High-density subdivisions in the North Hills and declining groundwater levels have caused concern about how much development can occur, how densely homes can be spaced, and if restrictions on water usage are needed. Elevated nitrate levels have been seen in some wells, creating concerns about the use of individual septic systems in places where thin soils overlie shallow fractured bedrock. These concerns resulted in the designation of a Temporary Controlled Groundwater Area (CGWA) by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) in 2002 and again in 2008.

Project Scope

North Hills, Helena, MontanaView of the North Hills pediment from near the north end of Applegate Drive
with Lake Helena in the distance

Project Duration: July 2009 to June 2011

GWIP Personnel Assigned:

Kirk Waren – Project Manager/Hydrogeologist/ Groundwater Modeler
email Kirk

Andrew Bobst – Hydrogeologist
email Andy

Jane Madison – Professional Scientist

James Swierc, Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District, Helena, MT

Allison Brown – Student Assistant

Project Factsheet – Aug 2011 (pdf file)


Project Reports:

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