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The Division carries out its duties for the purpose of promoting the general welfare and prosperity of the people of Montana. Sound coordination of the development and utilization of the state’s waters allows the Division to protect existing uses and to promote adequate future supplies for domestic, industrial, agricultural, recreation, the conservation of water for wildlife, aquatic life and other beneficial uses.

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New! DNRC web application, StAGE, offers mobile-friendly customer access to surface water data

A Guide for Water Commissioners, Water Users and District Courts. Offering practical steps for water distribution in Montana.

Current information about water supply, septic systems, fuel tanks, preparing for flooding, flood cleanup and the latest flooding news updates.

As of July 2018, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT or Tribes) and United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) have filed 10,109 claims in place of the Compact. These claims, filed as placeholders to the Compact, are currently stayed before the Montana Water Court. If the Compact is approved by the U.S. Congress, the Tribes, and the Water Court, both sets of claims will be dismissed. If the Compact is not approved, both sets of claims will be adjudicated through the Montana Water Court.

Please visit the HB-110 page for information on the notice you received for HB-110.
Hotline – 406-444-0560 (please be patient as we are experiencing a high volume of calls).

HB-110 Exempt Claim Filing Statute FAQ and Forms

By filing your exempt water right, a water right in existence before 1973 and exempted from the two previous mandatory claim filing periods, you are able to enforce the right against all other timely filed water rights in the state and are entitled to receive notice of water right proceedings in your basin.

DNRC Letters to Claimants are Standard Step in Water Court's Claim Examination Process

Notification letters sent recently to Flathead-area water right owners from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's (DNRC) Water Adjudication Bureau are part of the agency's ongoing claims examination process – Oct 11, 2016.

Activities in Sage Grouse Habitat that Require a Permit or Change

State permitted activities in designated sage grouse habitat are subject to Executive Orders 12-2015 and 21-2015.  Consult with the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program prior to submitting a permit application.  See the Program webpage at for a map of designated habitats and more information.

Montana State Water Plan 2015

The plan is a synthesis of the vision and efforts of DNRC and regional Basin Advisory Councils established in Montana's four main river basins and addresses key water management related issues facing Montana.

CSKT Compact Information

Information for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes-Montana Compact negotiations and implementation will be posted on this site as it becomes available.

Oil/Gas Development and Water Rights Information

Water use options for oil well development; water rights, conservation districts, water reservations and the oil boom; and guidance for municipalities.

Historical Benefical Use Explained (Video)

Who should I contact?

The Water Resources Regional Offices are here to help! Please contact your local office for assistance or, you may contact the Water Resources Division Main Line at 406-444-6601.

Billings: (406) 247-4415
Bozeman: (406) 586-3136
Glasgow: (406) 228-2561
Havre: (406) 265-5516
Helena: (406) 444-6999

Kalispell: (406) 752-2288
Lewistown: (406) 538-7459
Missoula: (406) 721-4284