12-03: Supporting CD-based River Councils & Watershed Groups in Montana

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that MACD will

Provide direct fundraising support specifically targeting CD-based watershed groups and river councils in Montana.  
Develop and secure technical assistance program funding from DNRC that can be used by Conservation Districts to keep local watershed groups and river councils operational.
Make DNRC technical assistance program funding for CD-based watershed groups and river councils a priority item on MACD’s Montana legislative agenda.

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08-09: Revising the Cooperative Watershed Management Act of 2008, Senate Bill 3085, As Proposed by Senator Jon Tester

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the necessary entities to:

Revise the bill to require that the program is administered in close cooperation with state Conservation District associations to ensure that rural western states, such as Montana, are equally represented.  
Expand the scope of the CWMA to include the array of natural resource issues that CDs and watershed groups are grappling with throughout Montana and the arid west.
Provide recognition of existing organizational structures including Conservation Districts, and CD-support organizations such as MACD and CARDD.  

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