Cemetery Irrigation Project

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Project update as of 10/1/19:

The last phase of this project began on September 9th, and included:

  1. Installation of a conveyance pipeline underneath Gallagator Trail, and;

  2. Construction of a new automated headgate diversion structure on Bozeman Creek.

These items have been completed. Though the majority of the work is complete, Gallagator Trail will remain closed between the footbridge over Bozeman Creek and Church Ave. until after electrical service is connected. This is anticipated to occur the week of October 7th. 

Trail closures and detour routes are outlined in the map below:

 Snip of Gallagator closure


The City of Bozeman has secured the funding necessary to complete the Sunset Hills Cemetery and Lindley Park Water Conservation Project, made possible in part by a $125,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Renewable Resource Grant Program and a $300,000 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Grant Program. 

This project will allow the City of Bozeman to build the infrastructure needed to use existing surface water supplies in Bozeman Creek to irrigate Sunset Hills Cemetery and Lindley Park – eliminating the use of treated drinking water for irrigation in this area.

The scope of this project includes:

  1. Installation of a pump enclosure at the bottom of Peet’s Hill/Burke Park
  2. Construction of a pressure pipeline to be installed under the north pathway up Peet’s Hill/Burke Park to transport water from the pump enclosure to the existing irrigation system at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
  3. Installation of a conveyance pipeline to be installed underneath Gallagator Trail to convey water from the diversion structure to Peet’s Hill/Burke Park.
  4. Construction of a new automated headgate diversion structure on Bozeman Creek, to be located near the Gallagator Trail footbridge over Bozeman Creek south of Church Ave.


Benefits of this project include:

  • conservation of treated drinking water supplies currently used to irrigate the Cemetery
  • savings of over $25,000 per year currently spent on water charges to irrigate the Cemetery
  • reduced safety risks to city staff associated with the existing Bozeman Creek diversion structure
  • increased instream flows in Bozeman Creek to support fish habitat
  • year-round fish passage in Bozeman Creek due to new diversion structure

Estimated water savings realized upon completion of the project total over 350 million gallons annually

  • 353 million gallons of surface water will be conserved and kept in Bozeman Creek through the elimination of seepage in the existing ditch and through the implementation of automated controls at the point of diversion.
  • 11 million gallons of treated drinking water currently used to irrigate Sunset Hills Cemetery will be conserved.

Bozeman relies on snowpack and surface water for its water supply, with 80% of its water supply coming from Sourdough Creek and Hyalite Creek, and 20% from Lyman Spring in the Bridger Mountains.  As a semi-arid drought-prone community, Bozeman recognizes the importance of water conservation in ensuring a reliable water supply for the future.  And with 50% of total summer-time water use going to lawns and landscapes, conserving treated water used for irrigation is an important step in sustainably managing The City’s water supplies.  The City wants to help you do your part too.  Learn more about the City’s Water Conservation Program and get cash back for conserving water in your own yard. 


Trail closures in September and Early October include:

  • Gallagator Trail from its intersection with Church Ave. south to the footbridge that crosses over Bozeman Creek.  This represents ~300 feet of trail closure.  Alternate trail route signs will be posted on the north and south end of the trail closure to help community members navigate this closure.

Due to the nature of this project, Story Ditch, which runs along the paved path at Peet’s Hill/Burke Park and into Lindley Park will not carry water during the construction of the project.  The City will make every effort to post trail closure signs in advance of the closures.  Please understand that the estimated trail closure timelines above are subject to change.

The City realizes that these trails are, for many, an integral part of enjoying our community in the summertime.  We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to construct a project which will bring many long-term conservation benefits to our community. 

If you would like to see the entire scope of the project and all affected trail/road areas, use the Sunset Hills & Lindley Park Water Conservation Project M.