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Water Committee to Ponder Water Court Future

Posted Date: 
December 30, 2015
Contact: 
Jason Mohr, Water Policy Interim Committee Staff

The Water Policy Interim Committee will discuss the future of administering and enforcing water rights in Montana at its first meeting of 2016.

Water Committee Focuses on Water Court Role

Posted Date: 
April 28, 2014
Contact: 
Jason Mohr, Water Policy Interim Committee Staff

Montana’s Water Court may need a makeover, members the Water Policy Interim Committee are expected to hear in May.

Water Policy Committee to Examine CSKT Water Compact Details

Posted Date: 
March 10, 2014
Contact: 
Jason Mohr, Water Policy Interim Committee Staff

The Water Policy Interim Committee will discuss how fish, farmers and others might fare under part of a proposed water rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Water Policy Interim Committe Final Report Available

Posted Date: 
November 2, 2012

The final Water Policy Interim Committee report summarizing the work of the WPIC during the interim is now available. The report includes the committee's discussion of a wide variety of topics related to exempt wells including the amount of water used by exempt wells, the effects on other water rights, the enforcement of water rights, the relationship of exempt wells and land use, how other states deal with exempt wells, and the adequacy of existing programs. The report also includes the legislation the committee will present to the 2013 Legislature for debate.

Water Policy Interim Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman, Committee Staff

The Water Policy Interim Committee is proposing three bills to the 2013 Legislature, including two that address the long-running controversy over water wells that are exempt from permitting.

Comment on WPIC Draft Report & Proposed Legislation

Posted Date: 
July 27, 2012
Contact: 
Tara DePuy, MACo JPIA Land Use Attorney

The Water Policy Interim Committee narrowed down the bill proposals.  Click the "read more" link below to read more about them and also see the committee's request.

Water Policy Interim Committee July Update

Posted Date: 
July 3, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman, Committee Staff

The Water Policy Interim Committee meets in Helena July 12-13, fresh off a road show in western Montana to gather comment on an exempt water well study.

Exempt Well Meetings - Water Policy Committee

Posted Date: 
June 13, 2012

Attention Commissioners: During our recent district meetings, we discussed the importance of commissioners showing up for the field hearings (click the link below to see the schedule).  It is very important that the committee hear and understand how the proposals for exempt wells will affect your county.

Water Policy Interim Committee June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman, Committee Staff

Montana residents are encouraged to speak their piece regarding the use of ground water without the requirement of a permit during a series of meetings in June.

Water Policy Interim Committee May Update

Posted Date: 
May 1, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman, Committee Staff

The Water Policy Interim Committee takes to the road in June to gather public comment on proposals dealing with water wells exempt from permitting.