85-2-105. Environmental quality council -- water policy duties. (1) The environmental quality council shall meet as often as necessary, including during the interim between sessions, to perform the duties specified within this section.
(2) On a continuing basis, the environmental quality council may:
(a) advise the legislature on the adequacy of the state's water policy and on important state, regional, national, and international developments that affect Montana's water resources;
(b) oversee the policies and activities of the department, other state executive agencies, and other state institutions as those policies and activities affect the water resources of the state;
(c) assist with interagency coordination related to Montana's water resources; and
(d) communicate with the public on matters of water policy as well as the water resources of the state.
(3) On a regular basis, the environmental quality council shall:
(a) analyze and comment on the state water plan required by 85-1-203, when filed by the department;
(b) analyze and comment on the report of the status of the state's renewable resource grant and loan program required by 85-1-621, when filed by the department;
(c) analyze and comment on water-related research undertaken by any state agency, institution, college, or university;
(d) analyze, verify, and comment on the adequacy of and information contained in the water information system maintained by the natural resource information system under 90-15-305; and
(e) report to the legislature as provided in 5-11-210.
(4) The legislative services division shall provide staff assistance to the environmental quality council to carry out its water policy duties.
History: En. Sec. 20, Ch. 573, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 59, Ch. 112, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 31, Ch. 478, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 441, Ch. 418, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 72, Ch. 545, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 45, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 275, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 285, L. 2009.