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The Montana Water Summit 2018

Mark your calendar for the second biennial Montana Water Summit!
March 3-4, 2020 in Helena   


Water in a Changing West - 2018

March 6-7, 2018
Radisson Colonial Hotel
2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT


Montana Water Summit 2018 Report


Water in the West - Leon Szeptycki

Irrigation Efficiency and Conservation - Mike Roberts

Bridging the Water Quality - Quantity Divide - Adam Schempp

Water and Climate in Montana - Marco Maneta

Irrigation Efficiency and Fish Habitat - Travis Horton

Natural Water Storage - Danika Holmes

Stormwater and Permeable Pavers - Frank Greenhill

Climate Adaptation - Lara Hansen

Montana Mesonet - Kevin Hyde

Adaptation in the Fly Fishing Industry - Brant Oswald


Water is a critical resource for all Montanans – and it’s limited.

Like other states across the West, Montana is experiencing earlier spring runoff, declining snowpack, recurrent drought, a burgeoning outdoor tourism and recreation economy, and ever-increasing demands for clean, available water.

Building on the knowledge and experience of past state water policy leaders, the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment, and information regarding the state’s changing demographics and shifting economy, the Montana Water Summit will:

-        Highlight the impacts from these well-documented pressures on the state’s water resources (quantity and quality)

-        Examine water policy and management challenges at the quality/quantity nexus

-        Present transferrable case studies of adaptation across water use sectors

-        Foster a statewide, multidisciplinary discussion about Montana’s water future


Great Water Conversations Abstracts


Join a diverse group of water users, community members, policy-makers, scientists, and natural resource managers for:

-        Thought-provoking plenary sessions

-        Great Water Conversations: A special topics lunch

-        An innovative adaptation workshop

-        A series of dynamic keynote presentations from western water experts

-        Ample opportunities for socializing


For questions or more information, contact DNRC Water Planners Sara Meloy (406) 444-4247 ( or Ann Schwend (406) 444-1806 (

Brought to you by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Montana Water Center, Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), and Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG).