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

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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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12-02: Fund Montana River Gauging Stations

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD work to develop permanent funding from private, state and federal programs to pay for the maintenance of the existing and future gauging stations that have been or will be abandoned due to lack of funding.

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12-01: Sage Grouse Status

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts of Montana support healthy rangelands and policies that promote sustainable livestock production. THEREFORE IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts of Montana oppose listing  sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered species and requests that all federal agencies and actions comply with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and National Environmental Policy Act.

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11-08: Risk Management Agency Guidelines for Cover Crops

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year passed
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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts investigate and pursue changes to Risk Management Agency guidelines to expand opportunities for cover crops in Montana.

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11-06: Montana Irrigation Water

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year passed
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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts contacts the Governor to support a continuation of the suspension of point of diversion rules for the 2012 irrigation year.

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11-05: Land & Water Conservation Fund

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Conservation Districts of Montana oppose funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for land acquisition and that the fund is used for maintenance.

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11-04: US Fish and Wildlife Service Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Reservoir Removal Plan

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Conservation Districts of Montana oppose the removal of any reservoirs on the US Fish and Wildlife Service Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

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11-03: Future Wild Lands Designations

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year passed
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WHEREAS, Conservation Districts are units of local government designated to help citizens conserve their soil, water, and other renewable natural resources, and WHEREAS, the northern prairies of the United States…

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11-02: Wild Horse & Burro Introduction

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that existing wild horse herds be confined and managed at their current locations, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts of Montana stand opposed to the introduction of any new population of wild horses and burros in Montana.

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11-01: Adopting Guidelines to Develop Near Streams, Waterways, Tributaries, & Drainage Areas

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  That MACD convene a working group consisting of DEQ, Board of Oil & Gas, DNRC, the Montana Petroleum Association and other identified parties to consider options to regulate the development of oil & gas industrial sites located near streams, water ways, tributaries, and drainage areas before permitting occurs.

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10-09: Aquatic Invasive Species

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD petition the Montana Legislature to promulgate, pass and fund legislation that requires mandatory watercraft inspections for all watercraft that are traveling into Montana and all watercraft within Montana that are traveling from waterway to waterway.  

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10-08: Wake Zones on Rivers

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WHEREAS, watercraft use on our rivers have increased and; WHEREAS, the wave action from watercraft wakes continue to cause erosion to our river banks; WHEREAS, river front landowners are experiencing…

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10-07: Wolves & Endangered Species Act

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD);

Support federal legislation to amend the endangered species act in such a manner to allow delisting of wolves.
Support additional funding for Animal Damage control and fair compensation for losses.
Support and encourage Fish, Wildlife and Parks to act more swiftly and with greater force to eliminate problem wolf packs.

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10-06: Resolution to Revise Law Regarding the Appointment of Urban Supervisors

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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation allowing, the supervisors may  to adopt a resolution changing the structure of the board to include five elected supervisors and two supervisors appointed by incorporated municipalities within conservation district boundaries to represent urban interests, when only part of an incorporated city is within the conservation district boundaries.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, it further resolved, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation allowing the municipalities to appoint urban supervisors that live within the district boundaries but not necessarily within the city limits.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation that the two urban supervisors appointed will represent all the municipalities within the Districts.

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10-05: Water Reservations & Change of Use

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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts encourage the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to assist conservation districts in their efforts to promote beneficial use of Montana’s waters by supporting legislation allowing use of conservation district reserved water under approved development plans by exempting proposed projects from the change in appropriation process under Title 85, chapter 2, part 4, Mont. Code Ann., where:

1) The source is identified on the original reserved water application;

2) The original public notice reflects correct information of proposed use;

3) All or any portion of the proposed place of use is located in any township, range, of the originally designated project boundary as defined in the original plan. ;

4) The proposed use does not exceed 10.0 cubic feet per second or 1,000 acre feet per year; and

5) The purpose is for agricultural irrigation.

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