Reducing E.coli and Nitrogen in the Upper Gallatin
The Gallatin River Task Force’s Big Sky Watershed Corps member coordinated and led a volunteer dog waste pick-up and educational event in the West Fork of the Gallatin. Pet waste is a source of E.coli, phosphorus, and nitrogen in the Upper Gallatin Watershed, and this project removed 100 pounds of pet waste – the equivalent of approximately 21 pounds of nitrogen and 24 pounds of phosphorus. The volunteer event provided a launching point for numerous efforts to educate pet owners about this source of nonpoint source pollution, including on social media, flyers, during volunteer recruitment, and at the event itself. This project directly addresses the Upper Gallatin River Watershed Restoration Plan.