20-07: Requesting the Montana Legislature stop basin adjudications by the Montana Water Court until the vested surface stockwater rights are adequately addressed in the Montana Water Use Act
WHEREAS The Montana Conservation Districts are mandated by statute (75-15-102 MCA) to protect the soils, water, citizens, and economic base of Montana; and WHEREAS the Montana Legislature passed the Montana Water Use Act (Act) in 1973 which changed established historic…Read full resolution
WHEREAS the Pallid Sturgeon is one of the rarest fishes in North America (Kallemeyn, 1983) and was federally listed as endangered in 1990 decline by isolating pallid sturgeon populations, altering flow regimes, and reducing habitat; The Pallid Sturgeon is known…Read full resolution
20-05: A resolution to have MACD and NACD work nationally on a coordinated program for AIS prevention.
WHEREAS the Zebra and Quagga Mussels are progressing into Montana waterways ; and WHEREAS an aquatic invasive species introduction into Montana would have a significant impact on Montana waters; and WHEREAS a coordinated national approach would benefit all participating States;…Read full resolution
WHEREAS: The lower Flathead River in Flathead County is bordered by a substantial privately-owned lands of agricultural, ecological, and economic importance; and WHEREAS: Recreational use of the Flathead River has increased; and WHEREAS: Many landowners and agricultural producers have recently…Read full resolution
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) requests the Montana Congressional Delegation to work with DOI to amend the funding ratio and procure funding to modernize the system before its failure.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: To also procure funding to modernize the system before its failure, starting with the diversion dam.Read full resolution
19-05: Requesting the BLM Complete an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement Concerning Its Filing on Pre-Existing Water Rights
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Association of Conservation Districts considers the filing of water rights by the BLM to be a major agency action that meets the requirements spelled out in NEPA and FLPMA and demand the BLM initiate the review process.Read full resolution
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts notify our Congressional Senators and Representative that MACD requests their support to secure federal ratification of the CSKT Compact, thereby providing protection for State-based water users on and off the Reservation, making water available for future development and providing certainty for all parties.Read full resolution
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts will oppose any efforts to revoke or reduce the flow rates and volumes of any and all Water Reservations held by Conservation Districts.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD supports the formation of an Invasive Species Advisory Council attached to the Governor’s office. This would more closely align Montana’s invasive species management efforts with surrounding states such as Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and improve coordination among private, state, and federal stakeholders.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Invasive Species Advisory Council be comprised of members representing a cross-section of Montana agricultural, environmental, governmental, and business interests.Read full resolution
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts approach the next Montana Legislature to request expanding the existing CBMPA law to include development of baseline and long-term monitoring data for all natural energy resources that impact water quality and quantity.Read full resolution
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) shall encourage, through contact and monitoring feedback reports, the Montana Department of Natural Resources to adhere to Section 89-8-107 of the Act, and Section 85-2-316(8)(a) M.C.A. and assist conservation districts in their efforts to promote beneficial use of Montana’s waters by allowing use of conservation district reserved water to be exempt from the DNRC change process if:
1) The source was identified on the original reserved water application;
2) The original public notice of the CD reflects correct information of proposed use;
3) The place of use, township, and range are listed on the original reserved water
4) The proposed use does not exceed 10.0 cfs or 1,000 ac/ft per year; and
5) The purpose is for agricultural irrigation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts working jointly with DNRC to adhere to M.C.A. 85-2-316(8)(a) to approach the Montana legislature to provide sufficient funding and staff to timely process approved conservation district reserved water applications.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Montana Association of Conservation Districts seek legal clarification that a conservation district reserved water right is a conditional water right protected by law as is a permit to appropriate water, and as such is not subject to the same requirements of a new water right permit application.Read full resolution
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts aggressively pursues a baseline water monitoring program through private, state, and federal resources to allow Montanan’s to make water decisions and understand current conditions.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
11-04: US Fish and Wildlife Service Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Reservoir Removal Plan
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.Read full resolution