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 Draft 2015 State Water Plan for public review and comment.

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.

Public Comment on Draft State Water Plan
Public Comment Period: September 24, 2014 – October 26, 2014

DNRC will hold 13 public meetings to receive feedback on the Draft State Water Plan. Meeting dates and locations are listed below. Written comments will be accepted electronically through this web site or by U.S. mail beginning on September 24, 2014. Please check back for updates.

Mail comments to:
DNRC – Water Resources Division
Water Management Bureau
PO Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601

Public Meeting Dates and Locations

Yellowstone Basin – Meetings will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Clark Fork/Kootenai Basins – Meetings will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 •   30 September – Miles City,
Miles City Community College
   •   1 October – Stevensville, Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, Oke Room
 •   1 October – Big Timber,
Carnegie Public Library
   •   2 October – Drummond, Drummond School-Community Library
 •   2 October – Billings, Beartooth Rm, Student Union, MSU Billings    •   8 October – Pablo,
Salish Kootenai College
       •   9 October – Libby, Ponderosa Room, City Hall
 

Upper Missouri Basin – Meetings will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Lower Missouri Basin – Meetings will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 •   30 September – Great Falls,
La Quinta Inn
   •   14 October – Roundup, First United Methodist Church
 •   1 October – Bozeman,
Holiday Inn
   •   15 October – Havre,
Great Northern Inn
 •   2 October – Dillon, UM Western, Lewis & Clark Room    •   16 October – Glasgow,
Cottonwood Inn

VIEW – Draft 2015 Montana State Water Plan
Executive Summary (only)
Draft 2015 Montana State Water Plan (4MB – low resolution)
Draft 2015 Montana State Water Plan (12MB – high resolution)

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  
Planning Basin Contact Information  
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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Contact

Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684