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Water Policy Interim Committee Meeting

- Posted on September 29, 2017

Capitol Building
Room 172
Helena, MT
Start Date
October 09, 2017
End Date
October 10, 2017
October 9-10, 2017
1 year 1 week ago

The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will meet October 9-10, 2017 in room 172 of the Capitol Building in Helena.

WPIC designated a study of exempt wells as a top priority in its 2017-2018 work plan. Committee members will begin their work by hosting a panel of opponents to House Bill 339, a bill passed by the 2017 Legislature but vetoed by Governor Steve Bullock. HB 339 imposed distance requirements on new exempt wells, which would loosen the rules imposed by the courts.

WPIC will also launch its study of the water rights change process. Committee members have said they want to better understand how the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation calculates a water user’s historic consumptive use, which is a key component when changing a right.

The committee will also hold hearings on the following:

  • The status of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water rights settlement
  • The history of nitrogen levels in Lake Helena
  • An update on the state’s effort to combat aquatic invasive species
  • The National Floodplain Insurance Program, which is up for congressional renewal in December

WPIC is led by Sen. Pat Connell (R-Hamilton), presiding officer, and Rep. Zach Brown (D-Bozeman), vice presiding officer. Other members are Sens. Jill Cohenour (D-East Helena), Jon Sesso (D-Butte), and Jeffrey Welborn (R-Dillon); and Reps. Bob Brown (R-Thompson Falls), John Fleming (D-St. Ignatius), and Carl Glimm (R-Kila).

The meeting will be live-streamed at  and will be broadcast on Television Montana (TVMT). Please check your local channel listings to find TVMT in your area.

For more information on the committee’s agenda and other activities, visit the committee’s website (link below) or contact Jason Mohr, committee staff, or 406-444-1640.

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