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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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The Montana Water Summit

Water in a Changing West

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

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

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

Draft Agenda

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

              Submit an abstract to host a table

-        An innovative adaptation workshop

-        A series of dynamic keynote presentations from western water experts

-        Ample opportunities for socializing

Register Here

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

Interested in sponsoring the Montana Water Summit? Check out these sponsorship opportunities.

Need some help covering costs? Please submit a scholarship application and we'll see what we can do. (Scholarships are not guaranteed).

Reserve a room at the Radisson Colonial Hotel. Mention the Montana Water Summit and get the state rate through Feb. 5th.

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).