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Water Policy Interim Committee June Update


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

Water Policy Panel Takes Exempt Well Study to Western Montana

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.

The committee meets in Bozeman, Kalispell, and Hamilton. Those areas experienced an influx of exempt wells in recent years. That activity, along with proposals to revise the law and administrative rules, prompted the 2011 Legislature to require the WPIC to study exempt wells. The legislation requires that the committee provide a report to the 2013 Legislature "that provides clear policy direction and necessary legislation to guide Montana's policy" on exempt wells.

While the meetings take place in western Montana, the issue and proposed legislation could have statewide effects.

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Joe Kolman | jkolman@mt.gov | 406-444-3747