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  • Montana Braces For Sub-Zero Shift: Vigilance Urged Amidst Potential Ice Jam Flooding

    Cassie Wandersee|Jan 17, 2024

    Helena – Despite the initial warmth experienced earlier this winter, Montana is now grappling with a prolonged period of sub-zero temperatures and Arctic cold fronts. This abrupt shift serves as a timely reminder that weather patterns can change unexpectedly, necessitating vigilance and awareness of potential ice jam flooding. Ice jam flooding, a phenomenon prevalent along Montana’s rivers and streams, occurs when sub-zero temperatures precede sudden warm-ups, typically from now until March. Additionally, spring breakup can trigger ice jam...

  • DNRC Rescinds Municipal Water Right Guidance To Ease Burden On Municipalities

    Cassie Wandersee|Nov 16, 2022

    Helena, MT - The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced the rescission of a 2014 memo intended to provide guidance on changes in use for municipal water rights. “After reviewing the memo and its implementation over the last six years, we have determined that the memo is restrictive in how it directs historical use to be calculated and does not account in full for the variety of ways municipalities can produce historical use information,” said Nate Ward, Water Rights Bureau Chief. The Guidance for Municipal Purposes and Wat...

  • DNRC To Convene First Stakeholder Working Group Meetings Of Comprehensive Water Review; Launches Dedicated Website

    Cassie Wandersee|Mar 16, 2022

    Helena, MT - With support from the governor’s office and executive branch feedback, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is leading a comprehensive review of water management and administration as part of the Governor Greg Gianforte’s Montana Comeback Plan and Red Tape Relief initiative. “After almost 50 years of piecemeal adjustments to the Water Use Act, we believe it is time to review our current water administration and management so we can meet the water needs of the 21st Century,” said Anna Pakenham Stevenson, DNRC Wa...

  • Public Notice of Infrastructure Advisory Commission Meeting on Jan. 27

    Cassie Wandersee|Jan 19, 2022

    Date: January 27, 2022, 1:00 P.M. Location: Capitol Building Rm. 303 Livestreamed online at The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Infrastructure Advisory Commission will meet on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. to review Minimum Allocation Grants and receive updates on: • Treasury Coronavirus SLFRF Overview of Final Rule • Regional Water Authorities • Department of Administration State Capital project 604 Applications • ARPA Water & Sewer Grant activities The public is invited to view the livestr...