Gallatin Local Water Quality District’s, Torie Haraldson

Join us in recognizing Gallatin County’s women in science; working to maintain the health and wellbeing of our community. I am the Water Quality Technician Specialist at the Gallatin Local Water Quality District (GLWQD). I have worked for the District since 2014, and have previous experience in the field of water resources in both the […]

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Help to Protect and Maintain a Healthy Planet 


“If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live.” — Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in the Fifth Century BC Our environment, both natural and built, greatly impacts our health. The Gallatin City-County Health Department’s (GCCHD) Environmental […]

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Well and Septic Owner Responsibilities and Educational Opportunities

By Christine Miller, Water Quality Specialist/Hydrogeologist Do you rely on a domestic well for your drinking water supply? If so, have you ever tested your water quality? As a well owner, it is up to you to test your drinking water to ensure it is safe for you and your family. It is estimated that […]

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Celebrate National Reading AND Women’s History Month With These Great Reads

It’s National Reading Month and Women’s History Month! If you are interested in public health, consider checking out some of these books – all written by awesome ladies. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson Silent Spring began with a “fable for tomorrow” – a true story using a composite of examples drawn from many real communities […]

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Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day!

It’s National Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day! Considering reading these one of these environmental health-related books with your child. In addition to spending quality time with your child and setting them up for success, you’re teaching them the importance of being stewards of our environment. Happy reading! The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss Long […]

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Gallatin County 4th Quarter Inspection Reports

The Gallatin City-County Health Department, Environmental Health Services performs inspections that assure the safety of the public and the prevention of conditions and practices that endanger public health. Inspections are focused on health-related issues where registered sanitarians determine compliance with the local Health Code and Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Rules. An […]

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Radon and your Health

Because you can’t see radon and you can’t smell it, taste it, hear it, or feel it, the exposure to unhealthy radon gas levels could be a hidden hazard in your home, especially when it’s at elevated levels. In Montana, radon has been found throughout the state, and Gallatin County has some of the highest […]

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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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