News From the Front 12/20/2016

The week according to Jeff Dear Readers: Thanks to Kate’s creativity, we have a new News From the Front format for the2017 Session that we hope you’ll like. News From the Front will be divided into a number of different headings to make it easier to go to the section that you’re interested in. It’ll […]

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You’re Invited: Meet & Greet with Legislators and the Montana Conservation Community

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October 12 WPIC Meeting

REPORT TO THE DISTRICTS concerning the 12th October 2016 WATER POLICY INTERIM COMMITTEE MEETING in Helena, Montana; and containing other news of interest to Conservation Districts. This report is mostly a continuation of our communications with the Conservation Districts concerning what we believe is one of the most important committees of the Montana State Legislature. The Water Policy Interim […]

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Water Policy Interim Committee Meeting

Report to the districts concerning the 29th and 30th August 2016 Water Policy Interim Committee Meeting in Helena, Montana This report is a continuation of our communications with the Conservation Districts concerning what we believe is one of the most important committees of the Montana State Legislature. The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) consists of 8 members – […]

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Tiberi’s July Visit to DC, report to districts

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 […]

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Corps Permits Shouldn’t Cite Stayed Water Rule: Commenters | Bloomberg BNA

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 […]

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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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