EQC votes to move forward with draft bill for conservation district funding

MACD has continued to work on a long-term funding solution for conservation districts. At the July 19th meeting of the Environmental Quality Council (EQC), the Council voted to move forward with the draft bill on conservation district funding. This draft bill – which can be found in the legislative report title ‘Eroding Funds: HJ27 Study […]

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MACD Budget Proposal for Districts presented during May EQC Meeting

MACD Executive Director Rebecca Boslough-King presented a proposal for CD Funding at the most recent Environmental Quality Council (EQC) meeting. The budget focuses on funding for districts to be able to have base operational budgets of $80,000 – $100,000. The EQC voted to put $6 million of total funding towards conservation districts in the draft […]

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CD presentations at upcoming legislative interim committees

The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will meet May 17th at 18th. You can find the agenda and meeting materials on the WPIC webpage. Agenda items include: Flathead CD’s SJ 28 – Study of Erosion on the Flathead River, Test Flows from Fort Peck Dam, including a presentation from the Missouri River Conservation District Council […]

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Discussion on CD Funding options during Environmental Quality Council (EQC) on 3/22

HJ27 is on the Agenda for March 22nd at 10:30am in room 317 at the Capitol. The meeting can also be watched live at this link, and a recording will be available after on Leg.mt.gov. As part of HJ27 ‘A Bill to Study Conservation District Funding‘ the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will review a list […]

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March 16th: Panel on statewide erosion and statewide boating issues with representatives from several conservation districts

This panel is taking place within the Water Quality Interim Committee (WPIC) of the state legislature. Time: 10am Where to watch: https://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00309/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20220315/-1/43765 (A recording will also be available after) WPIC meeting materials and info here: https://www.leg.mt.gov/committees/interim/wpic/meeting-info/  Statewide Erosion and Boating Issues Panelists: Jeff Ryan, Lewis and Clark Conservation District (LCCD)  Karl Christians, Missouri River Conservation District Council and LCCD […]

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Highlights from the 2021 Legislative Session

As MACD and our members continue working on our two study bills (HJ27 -CD Funding Study and SJ28 – Study of Erosion on the Flathead River) in the Interim Session and preparing for the 2023 Legislative Session, it’s worth taking a look back at all the successes of the 2021 Session: 2021 Legislative Session Overview […]

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Successful CD presentation to EQC as part of HJ27 interim study

HJ27 – Study of Conservation District Funding – is a study bill written by MACD focused on finding and securing more stable funding for conservation districts. To support the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) discussion on January 24th, Gallatin and Garfield CDs presented on what their districts do and how they serve Montanans and help conserve our […]

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Governor Greg Gianforte announced the appointment of Christy Clark as the director of the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Since May 2021, Clark began serving as acting director of the department when director Mike Foster temporarily left the agency to serve as the state’s ARPA program director. Since Foster’s retirement in October 2021, Clark has continued to serve as acting director. With the governor’s appointment, she is director of the agency. Since 2015, Clark […]

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EQC meets Jan.24 – 25: Gallatin and Garfield CDs will present

The Environmental Quality Council (EQC), which is the legislative interim committee working on HJ27 (CD funding study bill), will be meeting on Jan. 24th and 25th. The EQC has invited Gallatin and Garfield CDs to present. EQC will also be learning more about the current CD funding mix and reviewing a summary of the HJ27 Session […]

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News From the Front, the Last One

“A ship does not sail with yesterday’s wind.” Red Mark, a 12th-century pirate from a Louis L’Amour novel. “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” George Orwell Scrooge said to the ghost of his dead partner Jacob Marley (who resembles at least two of my ten uncles, even in […]

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