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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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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11-01: 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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10-05: 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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10-02: Water Reservation for Other than Agriculture Uses

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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts encourages the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to assist conservation districts in their efforts to promote beneficial use of Montana’s waters through the change in appropriation right process to allow use of conservation district reserved water for purposes other than agriculture.

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09-08: Montana Monitoring Funding

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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts aggressively pursues additional funding to support existing Montana USGS gauging stations and additional funding for the expansion of the Montana monitoring program.

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09-05: Supporting Off-Stream Water Storage

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD will support and encourage Districts in any possible off-stream storage projects in this area.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the MACD will do all in its power to encourage state agencies and state government to help with funding of such projects.

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09-02: Opposition to S.787, Clean Water Restoration Act

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Clean Water Act will remain as is with the term Navigable waters.

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

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year passed
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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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08-08: Opposition to H.R. 2421

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD opposes the legislation as currently written but would work toward finding an alternative acceptable to Montana Conservation Districts.

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

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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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08-01: INCREASED COOPERATION BETWEEN DEQ & CDs

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year passed
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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD and DEQ work together to set up a MOU or other process that can be tailored to fit individual districts.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that cooperation shall include timely notification, inclusion of Conservation District’s Representatives in all field visits. Also included will be mutual sharing of all data, both CD and DEQ generated.

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07-03: Requiring Transportation Corridors to Accommodate Landowners Who Need to Move Water

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year passed
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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that transportation corridors are required in order to accommodate water users who need to move water for Agricultural and Municipal uses.  MACD is directed to work with Montana Department of Transportation, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Department of Agriculture and other appropriate entities/agencies to alleviate problems with moving water through or under current road and rail ways and encourage the use of Montana’s waters for Agricultural and Municipal uses.

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06-07: Water Supply Systems

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year passed
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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, storage required should be made on a case by case scenario, based on the reliability of the systems and time of year the systems will be used.

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06-04: DEQ Stormwater Permits for Agricultural Operations

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year passed
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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD seeks an exemption with DEQ for agricultural related storm water discharge permit fees.

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