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1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
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State Water Plan

Montana’s economy and quality of life rely on water for everything from agriculture, livestock, industry, fisheries, and recreation, to municipal and domestic uses. It is with this recognition of our dependence on water that the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proud to release the 2015 State Water Plan.

The 2015 State Water Plan is a synthesis of the vision and efforts of regional Basin Advisory Councils (BACs) established in Montana’s four main river basins: the Clark Fork/Kootenai, Upper Missouri, Lower Missouri, and the Yellowstone.  DNRC has pulled together the work of the 80 members of the four BACs into a plan that addresses water management issues on a statewide basis.

2015 Montana State Water Plan

Executive Summary and Recommendations (only)

2015 Montana State Water Plan

Additional State Water Planning Information

Summary of Phase 1 – Public Scoping Process

Status of Western States' Water PLanning: A Survey of Western States Water Council Members

Survey of Public Outreach and Education for State Water Planning: A Survey of Western States Water Counci Members

State Water Planning Statute

MWSI Major Water Planning Basins Map

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Additional Information

Planning Documents from 1976–2005

Contact Information

For Lower Missouri Basin information
Michael Downey - (406) 444-9748

For Upper Missouri Basin information
Ann Schwend - (406) 444-1806 

For Yellowstone River Basin information
- (406) 444-4247

For Clarkfork/Kootenai Basin Information
- (406) 444-6628