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Groundwater Monitoring for Pesticides and Nitrate

The Groundwater Protection Program has two primary objectives: (1) determine whether residues of agricultural chemicals are present in groundwater, and (2) where possible, determine the likelihood of an agricultural chemical to enter groundwater.

We complete our first objective through maintaining a network of permanent monitoring wells that are sampled at least twice annually. Samples are analyzed for agricultural chemicals by the Department’s Analytical Lab. The results are maintained in a database, analyzed to identify trends, and compared with Montana Numeric Water Quality Standards in Circular DEQ-7.

For the second object, we focus on both permanent monitoring wells and short-duration regional-scaled special projects to compare detections of agricultural chemicals across an aquifer or geographic region with general water quality parameters and relevant spatial data. We attempt to identify correlations between agricultural chemical detections with the water quality parameters and spatial data to determine which parameters influence the likelihood of an agricultural chemical to enter groundwater. We then extrapolate from our monitoring points to generalize the likelihood of agricultural chemicals to enter groundwater across the study areas, based on spatial data trends.


Click here for the
2017 Groundwater Protection
Program Factsheet / Summary

Click here for the 2016 Groundwater Protection Program Factsheet


Interactive ArcGIS Map Data

Historic pesticide analyte detection concentrations and well locations for the Ground Water Protection Program's Permanent Monitoring Well Network:


Click here
to view the GWPP Monitoring Well Map



Groundwater Reports


Groundwater News

EPA Announces Grant Opportunity for Food Waste Management Projects

Applications are due on July 14, 2020

EPA Announces Grant Opportunity for Food Waste Management Projects

EPA supports diversion of food waste and other organic materials from landfills.  AD is an alternative to landfilling that results in environmental benefits in the form of renewable energy (biogas) and a product that can improve soil health (digestate). The goal of this funding opportunity is to accelerate the development of new or enhance/increase existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States.

The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity shall not exceed $3 million in total grant funding. EPA anticipates awarding 10 to 40 cooperative agreements and individual grant awards may potentially be in the range of $50,000-$300,000.

Click to learn more.

To apply for this opportunity, search EPA-OLEM-ORCR-20-02 on www.grants.govApplications are due on July 14, 2020.

Grants Available through the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP) for Food and Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

Up to $10,000 available to small and medium-sized food & ag businesses intended to create additional economic activity and bolster food security

Grants Available through the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP) for Food and Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana Food and Agriculture Adaptability Program

Click Here to Apply


Grants are available to food and agriculture businesses to help increase community resilience amid the COVID 19 pandemic and other economic disruptions. Grants are intended to create additional economic activity and bolster food security. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those focused on accessing new markets, projects which strengthen and expand local food systems, and other business adaptations that decrease food and agricultural waste. The need for such innovations must be driven by the COVID 19 pandemic. Total funding available is $500,000, with a maximum application amount of $10,000.
mtaap@mt.gov

 

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

To curtail the spread of COVID-19, nonessential businesses and operations will close March 28 - April 10, 2020

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

On March 26, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily close all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28 and will be in effect through April 10, identifies essential businesses and operations related to food and agriculture, as included in the sections shown below:

Click to view the  the Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

Documents to download

Brett Heitshusen
Hydrologist

Phone : (406) 444-3271
E-mail : BHeitshusen@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


The Montana Mesonet

Click to view/download a full resolution of The Montana Mesonet poster, created by the Montana Climate Office for the MT American Water Resources Annual Conference – Red Lodge, MT – 9 – 10 October 2019.


Groundwater Files & Reports

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