15-01: Clarification and coordination of 310 and floodplain permitting

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) work with DNRC to develop an amendment to the floodplain rules allowing an exemption from engineering requirements for such stabilization projects.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD work with DNRC to provide outreach to floodplain administrators and conservation districts about the appropriate timing of the permitting process.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD work with DNRC to find solutions to the engineering requirements and permitting delays.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, if deemed necessary, MACD pursue legislative action to change floodplain statutes to address these concerns.

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12-04: Clarification of 310 Jurisdiction on Perennial-flowing Streams

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 310 Committee be directed to review the Administrative Rules of Montana and the Model 310 Rules and determine whether the adoption of an administrative rule and/or model rule to more clearly define the term “natural, perennial-flowing stream,” and to define the terms “perennial-flowing stream,” “intermittent-flowing stream,” and “ephemeral-flowing stream” would help the conservation districts in the administration of the 310 Law, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, if a proposed rule is developed by the 310 Committee, that a conservation district’s 310 jurisdiction be clarified to include a stream from source to mouth if the stream channel carries water year round in all or portions of the stream’s length.

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10-03: BNSF Cooperation

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) open and maintain dialogue with BNSF Railway to insure BNSF Railway is aware of the concerns and responsibilities of Montana conservation districts, and is also made aware of the corresponding responsibilities of BNSF Railway as a member of the Montana community.

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09-11: Cooperation With Montana Association of Realtors

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD work with the Montana Association of Realtors to include a disclosure outlining the 310 law and riparian protection in the model Buy/Sell Agreement.

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08-07: Readopt Resolution 22 From 1989

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD readopts resolution twenty-two from 1989, only changing Department of State Lands to Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

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08-05: Charging An Inspection Fee to Administer the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act of 1975

DID NOT PASS. NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the necessary entities – including the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Conservation District Bureau and/or the 2009 Legislative Assembly to clarify that the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act allows Conservation Districts to charge an inspection fee for administrative purposes.  

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08-02: Operational Funding For Conservation Districts

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that conservation districts unite to address this critical funding issue, create a commission/committee/task force of district representatives from across the state who shall be empowered to work with a variety of individual, agency and organizational staff, along with MACD to research the funding problems of the Montana districts and study the operational and funding sources of districts in other states across the United States.   The committee shall be instructed to develop a goal-oriented plan highlighting ideas/strategies to re-organize and re-fund districts (including legislatively) in Montana in such a way as to provide a basic operational foundation for each district, and more equilateral distribution of funding so as to be able to employ qualified, long-term staff, offer realistic wages and benefits and attract people whose interest and hearts are devoted to the ideals of the conservation movement.

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06-01: Administrative Penalties for 310 Violations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the necessary entities—including the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Conservation District Bureau and/or the 2007 Legislative Assembly, if necessary—to clarify that the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (SB-310 Law) allows Conservation to assess administrative penalties.

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