For those who are interested, please find information about the upcoming Water Policy Interim Committee meeting in Helena, scheduled for next week.
Topics on the agenda include an update on the “implementation” of the CSKT water compact and other issues (Monday), and an update on the process of adjudicating the water rights of Turtle Mountain Band allotments (Tuesday). Included in the discussion of Turtle Mountain Band rights is Jay Weiner from the AG’s office. Imagine that.
Members of the committee are:
For the agenda and other documents, see below.
Water Policy Interim Committee
January 11-12, 2016
- Staff memo to committee (re: January meeting)
- Minutes Log
- FWP instream leasing report
- U.S. Forest Service water reservations
- Program evaluation: Water Quality Planning Bureau
- Study of water availability and supply
- Water marketing, water banking
- Exempt wells
- DNRC form 602: Request to reduce a groundwater certificate
- Case studies on water availability
- Staff memo to committee: Summary of case studies
- Case studies
- SJ2: State assumption of federal Section 404 permitting program
- 404 assumption in selected states
- Clean Water Act Section 404 Program Assumption: A Handbook for States and Tribes (Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc., and the Environmental Council of the States, 2011)
- Oregon’s experience
- Water rights adjudication report
- Process update: Adjudication of Turtle Mountain Band allotment water rights
- Future of the Water Court study
- Water Rights in Montana: How Our Legal System Works today, How Montana Compares to Other States, and Ideas for Montana’s Future (Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic, University of Montana School of Law, 2014)
- Summary of comments from Adjudication Advisory Committee
- Adjudication Advisory Committee comments
- St. Lawrence memo to committee (Sept. 3, 2015): Application timelines, enforceability of final decrees, district court admininstration of decrees
- Staff memos to committee:
- Agency administrative rule update
The Legislative Environmental Policy Office’s updated “A Guide to Montana Water Quality Regulation” is now available here.