09-05: Supporting Off-Stream Water Storage

WHEREAS, Eastern Montana watersheds are known for extreme high and extreme low water flows;

WHEREAS, producers in this area need a more dependable source of irrigation water to support a viable agricultural community;

WHEREAS, a steady, live stream flow would benefit recreation, wildlife, livestock, and producers;

WHEREAS, high flows leave the area with little beneficial use made of them;

WHEREAS, some producers have participated in farm programs, spending considerable amounts to implement improved irrigation practices, thus a more dependable water source would justify these expenditures.

WHEREAS, State Law charges “Each conservation district within the state shall seek and may select at least one off-stream water storage site for the construction of a reservoir.”

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.