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Bills MEIC Support | Bills MEIC Oppose
SB 048 - Direct the DEQ to Assume the Dredge and Fill Program

This bill would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to assume the responsibilities of the 404 permitting program, which is currently administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This program protects our rivers, streams, and wetlands by requiring that any person who proposes to impact a Water of the United States must apply […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Natural Resources on March 10th. | Official legislative site

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SB 028 - Allow Water Disputes to be Appealed to the Water Court

This bill would allow aggrieved parties in water disputes to appeal to the Montana Water Court, rather than Montana District Court. The Water Court was created, and has jurisdiction over the water adjudication process in Montana, and does not have the funding or resources to begin hearing water disputes among individual parties. Further, allowing the Montana […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Awaiting Final Governor Action. | Official legislative site

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HB 339 - Threatening Montana’s Rivers and Streams

HB 339 would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Montana Supreme Court wisely closed last year, and give developers the right to take the water before those who are legally entitled to use that […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Natural Resources on March 22nd. (Passed House, 62-38.) | Official legislative site

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HB 424 - Recognizing Source Watersheds as a Water Resource

This bill would allow for source watersheds to be considered for the Montana Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program. This bill would protect the people’s right to enjoy the benefits of the state’s water and renewable sources. The grant and loan programs would provide financial assistance for entities to protect watersheds, which are an integral part of maintaining […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Natural Resources on March 13th. (Passed House, 62-38.) | Official legislative site

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