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.

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)

DNRC is currently accepting public comment on Draft Montana State Water Plan. Public comments on the Draft Plan will be accepted from September 24, 2014 through October 26, 2014.

You are invited to submit your comments to DNRC through any of the methods listed below. In providing your comments to DNRC, you are helping to ensure that the State Water Plan reflects the ideas of a broad range of water users from across the state.

  1. Submit comments electronically by visiting the Survey Monkey link below
    Comment on the Draft Montana State Water Plan here

  2. Submit comments in writing by mailing them to the address listed below. Envelopes must be posted marked no later than October 26, 2014.

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

  3. Submit comments in person by attending one of the 13 public meetings listed below.

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
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