Water Policy Interim Committee

Water Committee to Consider Seven Bills

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on June 4, 2018

A study of Montana’s stream gauging system may be headed to the 2019 Legislature.

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Water Committee Considers Gallatin Valley Water Issues

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on May 11, 2018

The Water Policy Interim Committee of the Montana Legislature will discuss and visit sites significant to the Gallatin Valley’s water future during their May 21-22 meeting in Bozeman.

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Water Committee Eyes Legislation to Improve Rule Adoption

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on March 21, 2018

A recent administrative rule tangle prompted the Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) to explore legislation altering the rulemaking process.

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Water Committee Focuses on Exempt Well Data

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on February 23, 2018

The Water Policy Interim Committee will focus on data and policy ideas at its upcoming meeting on March 5 as it again discusses Montana’s groundwater exemption.

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Water Policy Committee to Meet on Feb. 9

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on February 1, 2018

The Water Policy Interim Committee will meet on Feb. 9 to discuss the committee’s response to a recent administrative rule proposed by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The committee will consider its ongoing objection to Montana Administrative Register Notice No. 36-22-196.

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Water Policy Committee Praises Proposed Water Quality Variances

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on January 24, 2018

At its Jan 8-9 meeting, members of the Water Policy Interim Committee backed proposed permit variances from certain water pollution permits while continuing to object to a proposed administrative rule related to exempt groundwater wells.

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Water Committee Seeks Ideas on Exempt Well Issues

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on December 27, 2017

After unsuccessful past legislative attempts and in the wake of a significant court ruling, a legislative committee is seeking ideas to modify state policy revolving around exempt groundwater wells.

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Water Committee Rejects Agency Rule on Exempt Wells

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on November 21, 2017

The Water Policy Interim Committee recently delayed a proposed administrative rule and asked the federal government for help fighting aquatic invasive species. The committee took these actions at its Oct. 9-10 meeting.

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Water Committee Launches Exempt Groundwater Wells Study

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on October 2, 2017

The legal landscape facing the use of exempt groundwater wells has changed over the last 3 years, and the Water Policy Interim Committee plans to survey the new playing field.

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Water Committee to Take Another Look at Exempt Wells

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on August 10, 2017

Exempt ground water wells and water rights changes emerged as the focus of the 2017-2018 Water Policy Interim Committee. WPIC met on July 31-Aug. 1 and developed a work plan for the next 13 months, including formal study of these two issues.

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Water Committee Plans Water Tour of Helena Valley

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on July 21, 2017

The Water Policy Interim Committee will set a plan of action for the 2017-2018 interim during its upcoming July 31-Aug. 1 meeting. Staff and various agencies will also lead the committee on a tour of three Helena-area sites to introduce a broad array of water issues, including irrigation, aquifers, water rights, stream restoration, and pollution discharge permitting.

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