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.

DNRC will hold public hearings to take comments on the Draft Montana State Water Plan in late September and early October, 2014. Tentative meetings dates and locations are listed below. Please check back frequently for updates.

Tentative Public Meeting Dates and Locations
Please check back frequently for updates

 Yellowstone Basin


 Clark Fork/Kootenai Basins

 •   30 September – Miles City – Rm 317, Miles City Community College    •   1 October – Stevensville – Location TBD
 •   1 October – Big Timber – Carnegie Public Library    •   2 October – Drummond – Location TBD
 •   2 October – Billings – Beartooth Rm, Student Union Building, MSU, Billings    •   8 October – Pablo – Salish Kootenai College
       •   9 October – Libby – Ponderosa Room, City Hall

 Upper Missouri Basin


 Lower Missouri Basin

 •   30 September – Great Falls – Location TBD    •   14 October – Roundup – Location TBD
 •   1 October – Bozeman – Location
   •   15 October – Havre – Great Northern Inn
 •   2 October – Dillon – Lewis & Clark Room, U of M Western    •   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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Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684