August 8, 2016
I had the opportunity to be in Washington, DC in July, 2016. While there, I took time to conduct business for Montana’s Conservation Districts. I visited with staff in all three offices of our Congressional Delegates, and covered a variety of issues. Note that our Delegates are on summer break for the two conventions. In […]
August 8, 2016
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shouldn’t incorporate or cite the Clean Water Rule in proposed revisions to nationwide permits because the regulation has been stayed by a federal appeals court, an industry group said in comments. The Waters Advocacy Coalition was commenting on a package of 50 draft nationwide permits (NWPs) issued by the […]
July 14, 2016
The Water Policy Interim Committee recently completed two days of meetings in Helena, and covered many topics of interest to Conservation Districts.
April 28, 2016
“Only three Democratic senators voted to override Obama’s veto of a repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule. If Democrats controlled the Senate, that vote …
April 22, 2016
The MACD Water Committee met on Monday April 18 to discuss the work plan for the committee. The committee’s first priority is dealing with Resolution 15-1 and planning how to implement the resolution’s mandate. R15-1 directed MACD to simplify floodplain permits and remove the current legal and financial barriers to bio-engineering type projects. The resolution […]
February 18, 2016
Conservation Districts— The relocation of Yellowstone Park Bison has been a topic of concern for some Conservation Districts. Recently, The National Park Service released an Environmental Assessment (EA) to develop a bison quarantine facility on the Fort Peck Reservation. MACD submitted the following comments on the Environmental Assessment for the proposed facility: YNP_BisonRelocationComments (PDF). Additionally, the Montana […]
February 10, 2016
This is the fifth policy update this year. All of us remember our high school civics classes where we learned about the three branches of government. They were designed to check and review and critique the actions and efforts of each other. At the federal level, the Judicial Branch yesterday asked the Executive Branch to […]
February 8, 2016
I read the link (below) and thought about the similarities we have with the conservation districts in many Western states. Many of the same words in the article have been heard in Montana – best kept secret, election process, lack of funding, etc. MACD continues to try to raise awareness with both members of the […]
February 2, 2016
This item is a follow up on a previous email sent to you about the CSKT Water Compact and the District Court. I heard that there were questions about the lawsuit. Only one case remains in state court concerning this Compact.
January 26, 2016
Administrators and Board of Directors: This is the third policy update of 2016. Former Montana Senator Alan Olson has been named the new Executive Director of the Montana Petroleum Association(MPA).