Fresh, Clean Winter Air

Just as wildfires pollute the air in summer, wood stoves have a huge effect on air quality and health during the winter months. Wood smoke contains a complex mixture of gases and microscopic particles which can get into your eyes and respiratory system causing health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose and illnesses like […]

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Here is another side of tobacco often overlooked…

Tobacco use is harmful to the environment causing deforestation, soil degradation, and increased use of pesticides. On top of that, the dangers from smoking don’t stop once a cigarette is stubbed out. Cigarette filters/butts are the No. 1 littered item on Montana roadways; a major cause of air, land, and water pollution. Cigarette butts leach […]

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15 minutes, ½ gallon of cigarette butts, and a clean park!

It’s estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up as toxic trash each year and they are not biodegradable. As an example of the impact tobacco has on our environment, Monforton School Student Council and Leadership team cleaned up a half gallon of cigarette butts in Bozeman’s Kirk Park to raise awareness of […]

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Gallatin County Restaurant Inspections July-September, 2017

  By Environmental Health Services (EHS) Have you checked out your favorite Gallatin County Restaurants lately? Although Gallatin County restaurant inspection reports are updated online regularly, here’s a comprehensive list of all establishment’s that have been inspected over the past few months. The State of Montana requires that food establishments be inspected a minimum of […]

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Should e-cigarettes be included in Clean Indoor Air Laws? Yes, please.

Do you think e-cigarettes aren’t dangerous? Think again. The Surgeon General has found that the aerosol released by e-cigarettes contains nicotine and ultra fine particles that can be toxic, cause cancer, and lead to heart disease. In other words, e-cigarettes can be damaging not just to yourself, but to others as well. This is a […]

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Chronic Diseases and Wildfire Season

July 26, 2017 | Environmental Health, General, Health

  Health Effects of Wildland Fire Smoke: Recommendations and Precautions Smoke from wildfires can be potentially hazardous to certain populations. Healthy Gallatin has a few recommendations to help those living with a chronic disease stay healthy. Always have an adequate supply of medication (more than five days worth). If you have asthma, make sure you […]

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National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

Fight the Bite! Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus. Although the mosquito species that typically act as a vector for some of these diseases is not common in our region, it is important to take preventive measures […]

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Domestic (Private) Water Testing

Have you had your well water tested lately? It is recommended that you test your private water on an annual basis, looking for total coliform bacteria and nitrates. A more comprehensive test to categorize your overall water quality, including parameters such as pH and hardness along with specific conductivity and metals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, […]

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Building this Summer?

May 3, 2017 | Environmental Health, Safety

  By Environmental Health Services Do you have any building projects planned this summer? With the spring cleaning out of the way, it’s time to start on that home to-do list that we all have in the back of our minds. Perhaps the list includes building a new shop, adding on an extra room, or […]

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The Scoop on Dog Poop

April 24, 2017 | Environmental Health, General

Fall—especially before the snow starts piling up—is a great time to clean the back yard, which for many Gallatin Valley residents means scooping the dog poop. After all, there’s nothing worse than having that lingering around after the spring thaw. Cleaning up after your dog can be a stinky job, and it’s not a good […]

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