Water Policy Interim Committee Meeting

The Water Policy Interim Committee recently completed two days of meetings in Helena, and covered many topics of interest to Conservation Districts.

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How November’s Senate elections could affect ag producers

“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 …

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Water Committee Update 4/18

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 […]

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Bison Relocation Comments ref Fort Peck and Yellowstone National Park Bison

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 […]

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Clean Power Plan Update

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 […]

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One way to get awareness

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 […]

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CSKT Water Compact Update

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.

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Alan Olson appointed ED of Montana Petroleum Association

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).

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Sage Grouse Update

Administrators and Board of Directors: This is my second policy update for 2016. The sage grouse issue continues to unfold and develop before our eyes. As I recently reported to you, the state program is up and running and making progress.

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Policy Update

We had an interesting week in Helena, with both the Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) and the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) (EQC and Water Policy) in town for their regularly scheduled meetings. These two often meet during the same week because of the relatedness of the issues and staffing efficiencies. Click the links to learn more about them […]

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