The Montana Lake Book Third Edition is now available. This 56 page publication tells the story of how lakes function, how they are challenged, and how they can be protected. Whitefish Lake Institute’s Executive Director Mike Koopal and Science & Education Director Lori Curtis coordinated the production. Flathead Conservation District served on the steering committee, along with contributors from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Flathead Basin Commission; Flathead Lake Biological Station; Flathead Lakers; Flathead National Forest; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Montana Watershed Coordination Council; and Whitefish High School.
The book is separated into seven chapters including Lake Basics, Waterfront Living, Working in a Watershed, Water Recreation, Protecting Our Fisheries, Aquatic Invasive Species, and A Changing Climate. Each chapter offers web links to sites with more information on chapter subject matter. It also includes a list of lake related Montana and U.S. agencies and an appendix of lake terminology. The book was designed by eBizServices and printed by Thomas Printing.
The book can be obtained free of charge from the steering committee offices, and a companion website mtlakebook.org is also available.