Shiloh Conservation Area

OverviewSCA Area Map

Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution on Billings west end as it transitions from agriculture to residential and commercial development. Urban development increases runoff and flushed pollutants in to the storm drain system.  

The 66-acre Shiloh Conservation Area was constructed as a stormwater control and treatment complex located at the confluence of Shiloh Drain, an old agricultural drain ditch that is now functioning as a storm drain outfall, and Hogan’s Slough, a natural waterway that is also a primary drainage for the Billings west end.

A Community Resource

The Shiloh Conservation Area Balances the objectives of water quality improvement and flood control, while also providing recreational and educational benefits to the community.  The site consists of sedimentation, treatment wetland cells, wet detention ponds with wetland fringe area, and a third pond at the end of the treatment chain that is stocked by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks providing an urban fishery.  There is a 2 mile system of trails that runs throughout the Shiloh Conservation Area. The trail system includes a shelter at the fishing pond, a series of interpretive signs, and viewing platforms that connect directly to the Billings Heritage Trail Network.SCA_520220527_203605-01

The City's 1st Solar Light

Does it work well in this Montana winter? During the period of January to March of 2023, despite snow events and low temperatures, the solar light has consistently operated without encountering any problems or requiriIMG_8701-01ng any maintenance.

How does it work? These particular lights are programed to shine at a lower percentage of light until motion triggers it to illuminate up to full capacity. Currently it is set at 30%. The lower power allows it to run all night, yet still provide the light necessary when people are nearby.

What are the pros & cons? Cost of the solar light at $4,200 might be over twice of a standard direct bury pole which is $1,800+ depending on the style. The benefits, however, are prevalent. There’s no need to trench in power, no monthly power bills, no disturbing areas surrounding the pole, and of course moving the pole is much easier. Learning from other Cities that have had these solar lights for 10 years, they require little to no maintenance.

Will there be more? Yes, plans for adding more solar at parks and trails around Billings are in the works. Please follow us on Facebook and other social media platforms for future updates.