UM Flathead Lake Biological Station receives prestigious stewardship award

FLATHEAD LAKE — On the 60th anniversary of their organization’s founding, the Flathead Lakers presented their prestigious 2018 Stewardship Award to the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station at their annual meeting. The Stewardship Award was given in recognition of the Bio Station’s sustained and outstanding contributions to the protection of Flathead Lake and its watershed.

“We have a lot to be proud of here,” said FLBS Director Jim Elser. “This is a really big honor and reflects the dedication, hard work and commitment of so many at FLBS.”

Since 1899, FLBS has served as “Sentinel of the Lake.” In 1977, it instituted a scientifically rigorous monitoring program that as the first line of defense against current and future threats to the health and quality of the Flathead watershed. These threats range from aquatic invasive species – like zebra and quagga mussels – to nutrient and biological pollution from degraded shoreline septic systems.