Resolution 16-1

Support for Conservation District Water Reservations

WHEREAS, the Water Reservations held by Conservation Districts continue to be in the Public Interest for all Montana citizens as originally determined by the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation when they were granted.

WHEREAS, the amounts are still justified, the need still exists and the purpose still remains valid for all of the Conservation District Water Reservations as originally granted by the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation

WHEREAS, Conservation District Water Reservations continue to provide for the facilitation of future agricultural development thus agricultural growth in Montana. This fosters economic growth which contributes to Montana’s economic well-being and, therefore, is in the Public Interest.

WHEREAS, Conservation District Water Reservations continue to provide a means to assure the future availability of water for development in Montana in light of downstream states competing interests. It is in the Public Interest that future opportunities for use of water in Montana not be foregone only because downstream states claims arise before conditions are right for development in Montana. It is in the Public Interest to provide this long-term planning for water use that District Reservations provide.

WHEREAS, Conservation District Water Reservations continue to be in the Public Interest through the environmental protection and enhancement they provide in Montana. Irrigated agricultural land protects and provides habitat for various species of wildlife, both upland & riparian, associated with areas along Montana’s rivers and streams.

WHEREAS, Conservation District Water Reservations continue to be in the Public Interest in that they help maintain Montana’s rural lifestyle which provides an attractive place to live or visit. Many tourists’ dollars can be traced to their desire to see and experience Montana’s ranch and farm life.

WHEREAS, Legislative and constitutional support and authority for Agricultural Water Reservations held by Conservation Districts are stated in Montana Statutes MCA 85-2-316 and 85-2-605. The legislature has determined that the Public Interest is best served by providing for future agricultural water development through Conservation District Water Reservations.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts will oppose any efforts to revoke or reduce the flow rates and volumes of any and all Water Reservations held by Conservation Districts.

 

Submitted by: Richland Conservation District

Area Meeting Action: Passed Area 2

MACD Committee Assignment: Water

General Session Action: Passed

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