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Invasive mussels on our doorstep
 
It is heartbreaking to learn that the terribly invasive and ecosystem altering zebra/quagga mussels have been detected in Montana.  Although invasive mussels within a couple hours drive of Flathead Lake makes our task to protect our waters bigger, if we increase our efforts and we are vigilant, it will be possible to prevent an introduction here. And, it is definitely worth the cost, as the damage to our waters, recreation, and our economy would be dire.

The Flathead Lakers are working with our Aquatic Invasive Species partners to determine steps needed to respond to this threat. We will need your support for new legislation in the upcoming legislative session and for additional funding to prevent these invaders from spreading to Flathead Lake.  

What can you do?

-Talk to your legislators: support a new plan and funding for Flathead watershed protection.  Watch for more imformation from the Flathead Lakers and our partners.

-Join the Flathead Lakers' Aquatic Invasive Species advocacy group: contact Hilary Devlin at  hilary@flatheadlakers.org or 883-1341.

-Make a special end of the year donation to the Flathead Lakers.

-Join us for Science on Tap January 3 at Flathead Lake Brewing Co. for an expert panel discussion on invasive mussels.  Bring your questions!

-Participate in the volunteer dock and shoreline inspection day this spring.

-Remind your friends and guests to clean, drain and dry their boat every time they move it!
Learn more:
Letter to Governor Bullock from the Flathead Lakers 
Under Siege by Triston Scott, Flathead Beacon
Consequences of invasive mussels could prove costly by Sam Wilson, Daily InterLake
This is Why...
Our brewery believes that great beer calls for quality ingredients and quality ingredients require a healthy environment. Why is that? Well, beer is made from items found or grown in our environment: malts, hops, yeast, and the most important ingredient – water.  So, teaming up with organizations like the Flathead Lakers, who also desire to protect our environment has always been an important part of our company’s mission.

In the brewing industry, the water available to the brewery dictates what type of beer the brewer can make. Most breweries, to avoid constraints from hard or soft waters, must invest in filtration systems to reduce unwanted minerals and hardness, then add them back in to get a certain water profile.

Not us! We can produce unfiltered beer because we are fortunate enough to live and create a product in such a clean environment here in the Flathead Valley. We can brew with exceptionally clean and fresh water straight from a deep aquifer that is continually replenished by snow melt from surrounding mountain ranges.

Yet, we are not only involved in environmental causes just because of beer production.

Then why, you ask? Simple… because we are so lucky to call Montana our home. We get to enjoy all it has to offer us in terms of outdoor recreation every day. So, we believe we hold part of the responsibility to conserve its natural beauty and health for our enjoyment today and for future generations tomorrow.

…the Flathead Lake Brewing Company is a proud business member of the Flathead Lakers and supporter and host of Science on Tap!

Cheers! The crew of the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. and Pubhouse

Together, we are a powerful voice for clean water

Our waters are facing new and ongoing threats, making our work as important as it has ever been. You can learn more about our 2016 projects and accomplishments. Flathead Lake and its watershed need us to be their protector, their advocate, their voice. Together, we are a powerful voice.  As 2016 comes to a close, we invite you to support the important work we do together with a special, year-end contribution.  We are grateful for all you do to make our work possible.

Happy Holidays and Thank You!
Robin Steinkraus, Executive Director, and
the Lakers Board and Staff

Voices of Our Volunteers
2016 Flathead Lakers Volunteers
 
On behalf of the Flathead Lakers, I would like to thank all of the wonderful people who volunteered with us this year on numerous projects benefiting the Flathead watershed and its community!  With your help and enthusiasm, we were able to do so much more through our education, advocacy and stewardship work to protect our beautiful lake, and clean water throughout its watershed.  Thank you!
 
Hilary Devlin, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.  ~Elizabeth Andrew

Get involved and volunteer with us!  We have many different opportunites to make a difference in our community and organization.  Do you have a special talent you could share with the Flathead Lakers?  We need you!

For more information on projects, check out our volunteer page or contact Hilary Devlin at hilary@flatheadlakers.org or 406-883-1341.


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Join us for Science on Tap-Flathead!

The Flathead Lakers, Flathead Lake Biological Station, and Flathead Lake Brewing Company present Science on Tap-Flathead, to begin a conversation with our community, to present science in a fun and approachable way, and to communicate and share together our love and respect for this incredible place we live. 
Check out: 
www.scienceontapflathead.org for a schedule and archived videos of past events. 
A Clean Water Legacy
Consider leaving a legacy of clean water by joining the Lakers' Legacy Circle. Your participation, through your bequest or contribution to our endowment, helps ensure that future generations will benefit from the clean, beautiful water in our lake and watershed.  Contact the Flathead Lakers at lakers@flatheadlakers.org or 406-883-1346 for more information.
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