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Water Policy Interim Committee July Update

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

Water Committee to Take Public Comment on Exempt Well Bill Drafts

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.

In June, the WPIC held public meetings in Bozeman, Kalispell, and Hamilton. The main work of the WPIC this interim is the study required by House Bill 602, which directed the panel to study exempt wells and provide a report to the 2013 Legislature “that provides clear policy direction and necessary legislation to guide Montana’s policy” on exempt wells.

Users of exempt wells do not have to obtain a permit. A permit application includes an evaluation to ensure that new uses of water don’t affect existing water users, such as irrigators.

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