Montana State Water Plan 2015

Montana’s economy and quality of life rely on water for everything from agriculture, livestock, industry, fisheries, and recreation, to municipal and domestic uses. It is with this recognition of our dependence on water that the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proud to release the 2015 State Water Plan.

The 2015 State Water Plan is a synthesis of the vision and efforts of regional Basin Advisory Councils (BACs) established in Montana’s four main river basins: the Clark Fork/Kootenai, Upper Missouri, Lower Missouri, and the Yellowstone. The 80 members of the four BACs represent the most diverse group of water users and interests ever brought together by the state of Montana. As part of the planning process, the BACs and DNRC were assisted by the hundreds of Montanans who took the time to provide the BACs and the DNRC with comments on what they feel are the key water related issues facing Montana and how we, as a state, can address them together. DNRC has pulled together the work of all these individuals into a comprehensive plan that addresses water management issues on a statewide basis.

VIEW – 2015 Montana State Water Plan
Executive Summary and Recommendations (only)
2015 Montana State Water Plan

Basin Planning Information
Yellowstone River Basin Clark Fork/Kootenai River Basin  
Lower Missouri River Basin Upper Missouri River Basin  

Additional Planning Information
Summary of Phase 1 – Public Scoping Process  
Survey of Public Outreach and Education for State Water Planning  
Status of Western States' Water PLanning: A Survey of Western States Water Council Members  
Montana River Basin Planning Map Clark Fork River Basin Upper Missouri River Basin Upper Missouri River Basin Lower Missouri River Basin Yellowstone River Basin

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Helena, MT 59601
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