Water Use Act (Montana)

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Place Montana

Name Water Use Act (Montana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/85_2.htm


Any use of water in the state of Montana is established as a public use, and the waters within the state are established as property of the people of the state. This chapter provides for the administration, control, and regulation of water rights by the state and establishes a system of centralized records of all water rights. The chapter addresses the powers and duties of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, water rights records, costs and fees for environmental impact statements, water measurement and leasing, the adjudication of water rights, as well as relevant permits, appropriations, and certificates. The chapter has sections pertaining to the utilization of water, groundwater, water use and diversion from the Yellowstone River Basin, and Indian and Federal water rights.

Policy Contact

Department Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Division Water Resources Division
Address 1424 Ninth Avenue
Address 2 PO Box 201601
Place Helena, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59620-1601
Phone (406) 444-6601
Fax (406) 444-5918
Website http://dnrc.mt.gov/wrd/default.asp

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 85-2 MCA, Parts 1 through 8

Authority 2: ARM 36.12.101 through 1212