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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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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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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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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Working Upstream

In 1854, London faced an outbreak of cholera. Dr. John Snow, believing the disease was transmitted through the mouth began investigating the cause of the outbreak, which included plotting the infected area on a map. The results led him to a water pump he suspected was the source of the outbreak. Dr. Snow had the […]

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Don’t Get Ticked.

Warm weather has hit and summer fun is on the way. However, there is one little nuisance that requires careful attention to avoid hindering your outdoor adventures. It’s called a tick, and even though we’ve all heard of them, you may not realize the dangers of a bite- or that biting you is crucial for […]

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Time for a Spring Clean!

April 21, 2016 | Healthy Homes

It’s here, sun and snow– which in Montana, we call spring. While most people think of spring cleaning in terms of their home it’s just as important, if not more so, to take care of your outdoor environment. There are three important areas to focus on, well water testing, dog poop cleanup and rodent droppings […]

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Backyard Chicken Farming

Free range eggs, gathered in your own yard are definitely worth the effort it takes to raise them. One taste of those rich golden yolks and you’ll be hooked. There are however, some important precautions to remember. You may think Salmonella comes only from food, but the reality is, it’s a germ that naturally lives […]

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