Flathead Monitoring Program

Administering Entity: Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS)
Entity Type(s): University
Select all that Apply: Streams, Rivers, Lakes and Reservoirs, Precipitation
Primary Data Type(s): Geomorphology, Instream Physical, Substrate, Biology, Water Chemistry
Primary Watershed Monitoring Objective(s): Baseline, Problem identification, Trends, Aquatic Invasive Species
Subbasin: Flathead Lake, MT (17010208)
Aquatic Invasive Species Type: Zebra or Quagga mussel
Counties: Flathead County, Lake County
Volunteers: No
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Contact Name: Shawn Devlin
Contact Email: shawn.devlin@umontana.edu

Our regular (roughly monthly) monitoring program provides a clear, consistent record of physical, chemical and biological lake characteristics and changes over time, and reveals threats before they become problems. Our scientific data, especially pertaining to nutrients, have been used by state and federal agencies in the development of water quality standards via the Clean Water Act’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process. Our research continues to address cutting edge questions about the ecological conditions of the lake.