This page features news about MBMG projects and people. Some of the articles are in PDF format and some are direct links to other sites.
The MBMG GWIP hydrogeologists have been working in the Hamilton area for the past year to gather information on the area's groundwater. Their findings are expected to be available in a public report released sometime in 2016.
February 18, 2015
• By Perry Backus
Ravalli County commissioners gave the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology the OK to pursue how growth is affecting ground and surface water levels.
By Kevin Maki, KECI Reporter, email@example.com POSTED: 9:10 PM Feb 18 2015/UPDATED: 11:29 PM Feb 18 2015
At the behest of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Water Resource Division, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology is leading a Big Sky study to determine the amount of groundwater available in the Meadow Village area by drilling and mapping out the complex bedrock geology that determines the groundwater flow system.
Part of MBMG, the Ground Water Investigation Program is overseeing 17 wells being drilled to monitor both water levels and water quality in the meadow’s alluvial aquifer, an underground natural water source that stores groundwater adjacent to the west fork of the Gallatin River.
Understanding this aquifer’s characteristics and capacity to hold water is imperative since it’s the primary water supply for residents and businesses in the Meadow Village and Town Center, according to Kirk Waren, Senior Hydrogeologist with MBMG.
“The geology here has limitations to the good, fresh water you can get out of the system,” Waren said. “That’s a fact.”
Posted November 4, 2014
By Joseph T. O’Connor— Explore Big Sky Managing Editor
The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Groundwater Investigation Program has spent five years measuring and modeling the surface water and the behavior of groundwater beneath about 19 square miles surrounding Four Corners.
LAURA LUNDQUIST, Chronicle Staff Writer
Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014
MBMG's new digs in Billings.
Montana Tech has purchased an office building in downtown Billings, Montana to house the Billing branch office of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG). The MBMG has rented office space on the campus of Montana State University-Billings for the past 15 years. The purchase of the new building was approved by the Montana Board of Regents at their November meeting.
The approximately 6,026 square foot building is located at 101 Grand Avenue, right next to Billings Senior High School. The office officialy opened on May 30th. The Billings office currently has nine professional staff members along with several students from MSU-Billings and Rocky Mountain College who will work in the building. MBMG currently has projects in every county in Montana; the Billings office typically addresses geologic ahd hydrogeologic issues throughout central and eastern Montana, including energy development, agriculture/irrigatin, and groundwater availability.
“Mother Nature always wants to flatten the Earth, to put it in layman’s terms,” said Jay Gunderson, a research geologist with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology’s Billings office. “Erosion always takes over.”..(May 13, 2014 8:00 pm • By Mike Ferguson. Billings Gazette)
MBMG announces a new Ground Water Investigation Program Leader
Ginette Abdo has been selected to lead the Ground Water Investigation Program (GWIP). Ginette has been with the MBMG for quite some time–first as an Assistant Research Hydrogeologist and Assistant Curator of our Mineral Museum, and then as a Senior Research Hydrogeologist–and was one of the leaders in the original work that got GWIP started.
John Wheaton, her predecessor, has set the bar pretty high, but we know she will lead us to great new places.
She will start her new position on February 1st, 2014.
There are more water rights in the Gallatin Valley basin than there is water to supply the people who hold those rights. That's one of the messages area water court officials wanted to get across to statelegislators and others who attended a tour of the Gallatin River watershed Friday.
County leaders evaluate water levels along Gallatin River
NBC Montana has been following the latest facts about irrigation issues in the Gallatin Valley all summer. We toured the Gallatin River with lawmakers and conservationists to get a first hand update on water levels and drought conditions on the river.
Lawmakers evaluated sections of the river from the Gallatin Gateway to Four Corners. While out on the river we could see how in some areas, water levels were lower.
Tom Michalek is a hydrogeologist at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte. Michalek told us some people in the area are having issues getting enough water to support their products.
"When you have less water, some people don't get the water they need," said Michalek.
Rock of Ages — scientists are still pondering the mystery of Butte's Ringing Rocks
Claudia Rapkoch interviews MBMG's Kaleb Scarberry regarding this geologic phenomena!
Montana’s geographic wonders have long inspired musicians and songwriters, but an ancient anomaly allows even the least musically inclined among us to be a rock star. The only instrument you need is a hammer.
The Ringing Rocks, located roughly 20 miles east of Butte is a symphonic wonder that has been millions of years in the making. Having lived in Butte for almost 20 years, we’d heard about the rocks for many years but not until recently did we bundle up our young son for an afternoon of outdoor adventure. After all, what could be more fun for a four-year-old than your parents encouraging you to play with rocks?
Pit safety talk draws crowd - sloughing, water level among residents' concerns
• Posted March 20, 2013
By John Grant Emeigh
A sloughing of the southeast corner of the Berkeley Pit that occurred on Feb. 8 can be seen in this photo taken Tuesday 3/19/13. The wall has been the site of three small slides in the past year. Photo by Walter Hinick
Sliding pit walls raise concern
• Posted March 10, 2013
By John Grant Emeigh
Photo by Walter Hinick