The Stream Gage Data Users survey was created by representatives from local nonprofits, and state and federal agencies to help us understand how people and organization are using and accessing data. Whether you are a ranch, farmer, water commissioner, tribal representative, watershed group, an irrigator, or water rights holder, please complete the Montana Stream Gage Data Users Survey; it is a short survey that takes about 5 minutes to complete and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/95JZPPC
SWAMP is a joint program initiated by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology to collect real-time stream-flow data and conduct watershed assessments to aid decision making and policy development in Montana. While data collection, compilation, and dissemination are critical in the short term, these data provide important information to support watershed studies aimed at constructing predictive models of surface-water and groundwater resources subject to development and climate change. Watershed studies conducted under this program will provide opportunities for applied research and training for students of the Montana University System.
The information is needed by a wide range of consumers, including but not limited to: Water Commissioners, water-right holders, reservoir operators, irrigation districts, recreationalists, local watershed groups and conservation districts (drought management planning), MBMG (groundwater studies), Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (instream flows),and the Department of Environmental Quality (water quality monitoring), Department of Transportation, and other State and Federal agencies.
New data are made available every 30 minutes (at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour).