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Environmental Documents


This web page contains all DNRC environmental documents posted in the last 30 days. 

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Coal, Oil, Gas, and Other Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

State 16-33  2021-11-10
Baldwin Lynch Energy plans to drill a vertical oil well with a MD/TVD of 8,925’ with the objective
formation being the Lakota. Surface casing to be set at 900’ and will be cemented back to surface.

Kalypso 15-1 SWD   2021-11-10
Hydra MT LLC plans to drill a well to use as a class II injection well in the Dakota Formation. Surface
casing to be set at 1,845’. Proposed TD is 5,700’ MD / 5,700’ TVD.

Jeri 10-3-34 4H  2021-11-10
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Middle Bakken Formation test,
25,776’MD/10,069’TVD.

George 10-3-34 2H  2021-11-10
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Middle Bakken Formation test,
26,062’MD/10,050’TVD.

Firemoom 15-31   2021-11-10
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,271 MD / TVD.
Surface casing to be set at 430’.

Blinda 10-3-34 3H  2021-11-10
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Middle Bakken Formation test, 25,849’MD/10,057’TVD.

Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation Districts

LCCD Erosion Mitigation  2021-09-08
The Lewis & Clark Conservation District (LCCD) has submitted a proposal to place erosion mitigation practices on Montana State Trust Land in Section 36, T12N R3W. The North Hills Fire of 2019 burned approximately 580 acres of Section 36, including two drainages in the east half of the section. Moisture events in 2020 have resulted in sediment erosion in drainages.

Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD)

Salish Kootenai College Flathead Lake Flowering Rush Controls Project 2021-10-20

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Assessment for the Salish Kootenai College Flathead Flowering Rush Controls Project. The project proposes to use Reclamation and Development grant funding to address planned herbicide applications to control flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) over a ten-year period from 2022 to 2032. It addresses CSKT and area landowner concerns regarding specific Flathead Lake treatment locations and provides specific mitigation to implement treatments.

Madrid Irrigation Pivot Installation 2021-10-20

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a Final Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Assessment for the Madrid Irrigation Pivot Installation Project. The project proposes to use Private Loan funding for the installation of an irrigation pivot system near Harrison, Madison County, Montana, Section 11 Township 2S Range 2W. 

Ten Mile Creek/Pleasant Valley Wastewater System Improvements 2021-10-20

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a Final Categorical Exclusion MEPA Decision Notice for the Ten Mile Creek/Pleasant Valley Wastewater System Improvements project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resources Grant and Loan Program funding to remove and replace nine manholes with one-piece, monolithic, concrete manholes.

City of Belgrade Wastewater Upgrades Final Adoption Notice 2021-10-27

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Final Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Assessment. The project proposes to use DNRC loan funding to construct a new gravity sewer main parallel to the existing trunk main to increase capacity, a new headworks facility for primary treatment, an oxidation ditch for secondary treatment, as FSL for solids digestions, and an additional IP bed for treated effluent disposal.

Beaverhead Conservation District Elkhorn Mine & Mill Bioabsorbent Filtration of Acid Mine Drainage Final Categorical Exclusion Notice 2021-10-27

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a Final Categorical Exclusion MEPA Decision Notice for the Beaverhead Conservation District Elkhorn Mine & Mill Bioabsorbent Filtration of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD). The project proposes to use Reclamation and Developments Grants Program (RDGP) Planning Grant funding to design and install a demonstration project for bioabsorbent filtration of AMD, which will include laboratory testing and piloting a fungal biosorption filtration system for AMD at the Elkhorn Mine & Mill site.

Sweet Grass County Conservation District Post-Kellogg Ditch Headworks Final Categorical Exclusion Notice 2021-10-27

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a Final Categorical Exclusion MEPA Decision Notice for the Sweet Grass County Conservation District Post-Kellogg Ditch Headworks project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) program funding to upgrade existing headgate and bypass structures on the Post-Kellogg Ditch.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Roundup Reach of the Musselshell River Planning Grant Final Categorical Exclusion Notice 2021-10-27

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a Final Categorical Exclusion MEPA Decision Notice for the Montana (DEQ) Abandoned Mine Lands - Roundup Reach of the Musselshell River Planning Grant. The project proposes to use Reclamation and Developments Grant Program (RDGP) Planning Grant funding to develop a plan for the floodplain restoration, flood mitigation, and recreation on the Roundup Reach of the Musselshell River.

City of Deer Lodge Milwaukee Roundhouse CECRA Site Passenger Refueling Area VCRA Program Remediation Final EA 2021-10-27

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a Final Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Assessment (EA) for the City of Deer Lodge Milwaukee Roundhouse CECRA Site Passenger Refueling Area VCRA Program Remediation project. The project proposes to use Reclamation and Developments Grants Program (RDGP) grant funding to update the soils and groundwater characterization so the remaining contaminated soils and groundwater can be removed ore remediated with the goal to close and delist this State Superfund site, and restore the site to an open space park and non-motorized trail system.

Central Montana Regional Water Authority Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System Phase 1 Project Final Adoption Notice 2021-10-27

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Final Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System Phase 1 Project. The project proposes to use DNRC loan funding for the installation of approximately 24 miles of water supply pipeline in Wheatland and Judith Basin Counties, Montana, to provide safe and reliable drinking water to the town of Harlowton and approximately 40 rural users, including households and livestock watering taps.

City of Plentywood Wastewater Collection Upgrades - Phase 2 Final Adoption Notice 2021-11-02

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the City of Plentywood Wastewater Collection Upgrades Phase 2 Project. The project proposes to use DNRC grant and loan funding to upgrade approximately 8,540 lineal feet of sewer main and related manholes. The project is located near 48.467741, -104.333425 in Plentywood, Sheridan County, Montana.

City of Plentywood Laurel Avenue Water Project Final Adoption Notice 2021-11-04

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final Categorical Exclusion for the Plentywood Laurel Avenue Water Project. The project proposes to use DNRC ARPA grant funding to upgrade its existing four-inch Asbestos Cement and cast iron mains with new six-inch PVC water main. The project is near 48.779, -104.558 in Plentywood, Sheridan County, Montana.

Town of Fairview Final No MEPA Needed Notice 2021-11-04

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Fairview Sanitary Sewer Investigation and Assessment project. The project proposes to use DNRC loan funding for the investigation and cleaning maintenance of the existing sewer mains.

City of Missoula Water Mains Replacement Final Adoption Notice 2021-11-04

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Notice of Categorical Exclusions for the various water main replacements. The project proposes to use DNRC loan funding to replace multiple aged water mains to reduce system leakage and increase reliability. 

Town of Winnett Final Adoption Notice 2021-11-04

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the USDA Rural Development (RD) Environmental Report for the Town of Winnett Wastewater System Retrofit project. The project proposes to use DNRC Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) program funding for the rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment facility and wastewater collection system.

Cooke City Wastewater Collection and Treatment System Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-08

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Cooke City Wastewater Collection and Treatment System Phase I project. The project proposes to use DNRC Renewable Resource Grants and Loans (RRGL) Planning Grant funding for data collection, surveys, and analysis that will inform what alternative will be needed for upgrading the Wastewater Collection and Treatment System.

Pondera County Conservation District Administrative Grant Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-08

The Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Pondera County Conservation District Administrative Grant. The project proposes to use Conservation District (CD) Bureau grant funding for the repairs and maintenance of an old shed and purchase of a trailer.

Apsaalooke Water and Wastewater Authority Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Apsaalooke Water and Wastewater Authority Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for Pryor Census Designated Place. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to develop a PER aimed at understanding the deficiencies in the current wastewater collection system.

Butte-Silver Bow Moulton Water Treatment Plant Filter Replacement Alternative Analysis Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow Moulton Water Treatment Plant Filter Replacement Alternative Analysis. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to update the PER to include membrane filtration as another alternative.

Corvallis County Sewer District Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Corvallis County Sewer District Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to update their PER aimed at upgrading the wastewater treatment facility.

Town of Denton Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Denton Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to update their PER aimed at rehabilitating the Wastewater Treatment Facility lagoon liners.

Greater Woods Bay Sewer District Preliminary Engineering Report Update Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Greater Woods Bay Sewer District Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) Update. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to update their PER aimed at assessing the current conditions of the wastewater collection and treatment system.

Town of Judith Gap Water and Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Judith Gap District Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to develop a PER assessing the need for updating the Town's water and wastewater infrastructure.

City of Missoula Comprehensive Watershed-Based Stormwater Facility Plan No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the City of Missoula Comprehensive Watershed-Based Stormwater Facility Plan. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to develop an in-depth analysis of Missoula's stormwater system.

Victor Sewer District Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report No MEPA Decision 2021-11-17

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Victor Sewer District Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to assess and plan for lift station improvements.

Forestry Division

Montana Forest Action Plan

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry Assistance

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Practices

Liberty Salvage Alternative Practice  2021-10-06
Applicant seeks an Alternative Practice to allow equipment use inside of the SMZ on an unnamed Class 3 stream on the Liberty Salvage Timber Sale.

Carr Alternative Practice  2021-08-05
Proponent is seeking to operate equipment within the SMZ and use a crossing of a Class 2 Stream

Trust Lands - Forest Management 

Forest Management Activities and Timber Sales

Burr Hamilton Timber Sale 2021-11-22

The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing forest management activities on 5,172 acres known as the Burr Saddle Projects. The project area is located west of St. Regis, MT.

Old Penny Timber Sale 2021-11-12

The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Old Penny Timber Sale. The project is located 11 air miles NW of the town of Marion, Montana.

Boy Scout Road Douglas-fir Salvage  2021-11-09
Remove dead and dying Douglas-fir spread throughout a 5- to 10-acre area in the Boy Scout and Lars Kramen area of Seeley Lake.

Red Sunset Timber Permits EA  2021-11-10
Clearwater Unit DNRC is proposing the Red Sunset Timber Permits Project. Objectives of the project include: Salvage of trees being infested by Douglas-fir bark beetle. Salvage of windthrown, dead, or dying trees. Removal of overstory trees where needed to facilitate other salvage.

Bottleneck Checklist EA  2021-10-15
This Checklist EA is for the Bottleneck Timber Sale. On Montana State Prison Land.

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Banking Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Commercial Real Estate

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture/LUL

Gomke Reservoir  2021-11-24
Expansion/restoration of reservoir to improve cattle distrubtion

Black Eagle Streambank Stabilization   2021-11-24
Rip rap material installation and excavation process to strengthen river bank immediately west of 9th Street North Bridge.

John K Pike Reservoir Development  2021-11-12
Restoring and expanding an existing reservoir on the SE4SE4 of Section 33, Township 29 North, Range 19 East.
The proposed reservoir will be used for stock water

Shipwheel Cattle Co. Spring Development  2021-11-12
Mr. Swanson is proposing to develop a spring on the SW4SW4 of Section 36, Township 30 North, Range 18
East. The proposed spring will be used for stock water.

North Central Montana Regional Water Authority(NCMRWA) Core Pipeline    2021-11-12
The proposal is a part of a large regional water system
project that will provide drinking water to the Loma Water District. This project started in the early 1990’s and funding
has been secured from the various US stimulus packages since. Various environmental and engineering reports have been completed and are available on the internet.

Lease #3989 Spring Development   2021-11-10
Spring development to improve distribution of cattle

Darryl Pisk Stock Water Well  2021-11-10
Darryl Pisk has requested permission from the DNRC to construct a stock water well on the referenced tract of state owned land.

L 7 Ranch Stock Water Well  2021-11-10
L 7 Ranch has requested permission from the DNRC to construct a stock water well on the referenced state owned tract.

Pointer Family Properties Stock Water Well   2021-11-10
Pointer Family Properties has requested permission from the DNRC to construct a stock water well on the referenced tract of state owned land.

Edward Vaira Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Edward Vaira has requested permission from the department of Natural Resources and Conservation to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced tract of state owned land.

Lowell Stevenson Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Lowell Stevenson has requested permission from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced tract of state owned land.

Skillestad Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Michael and Patrick Skillestad have asked of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced state owned tract.

Dave Edwards Inc. Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Dave Edwards Inc has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced state tract.

Browns Lake Prescribed Burn  2021-10-21
The primary objective of this proposed project is to conduct a grazing lessee-proposed prescribed burn on a grazing lease north of Browns Lake. This is expected to reduce sage brush and conifer encroachment, increase the available forage for wildlife and livestock as well as increase the future revenue potential of the tract by increasing the Animal Unit Months (AUMs), the measure used to determine lease payments.

Diamond C Cattle Stockwater Pipeline  2021-10-15
Diamond C Cattle, Inc. has requested a Land Use License from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of conveying water to neighboring deeded tracts.

Applegate Boundary Fence  2021-10-13 
Install a barbed wire fence along the entire boundary of state land tract.

Red Rock Ranch Stock Water Improvement Project 2021  2021-09-27
This environmental assessment is being conducted to study effects of a proposed development of a spring site, new buried stock water pipeline, and 2 stock tanks to be located on the above referenced Trust Land Tracts. The proponent, Turner Enterprises, Inc (TEI) is the lessee of the affected trust land. The pipeline would originate at an undeveloped spring located on Trust Land in the SENESW, Section 36, T10S R10W. The buried line would follow the spring drainage and unnamed 2 track road South, then split where lines would go to each of 2 tanks (see attached aerial photo depiction of the project), Tank No. 1 would be constructed in the NE¼NE¼ of Section 2, T11S R10W, and Tank No. 2 would be placed in the NE¼NE¼ of Section 11, T11S R10W. Length of buried pipeline on Trust Land would be approximately 9,600 feet. The purpose of the new line is to provide upland water sources to improve water availability and water quality to a dry area and reduce trampling in spring sites.

Frank Bondell Stockwater Pipeline LUL  2021-09-27
Frank Bondell has requested a land use license from the DNRC for the purpose of placing and maintaining a stock water pipeline across state owned land.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Fergus Electric CO-OP 2021 ROW  2021-11-22
Fergus County Electric Cooperative would like to install a new buried electric line to provide power to private land north of the trust lands tract. Other routes were considered but crossing trust lands was the safest and most direct. The powerline would run parallel to an existing gravel road.

Clark Fork River Northwestern Energy Utility Line Easement    2021-11-18
Northwestern Energy is applying for a utility easement that would replace an existing easement and would upgrade wooden structures that were constructed from 1968-1980. The proposed construction would install new steel power poles and new overhead conductor in two locations.

Norval Electric underground powerline installation  2021-11-02
The proponent proposes to install an underground power line across School Trust land in Daniels County.

8" Gas Line River Bore  2021-10-07
The Proponent, Northwestern Energy, is requesting a ±0.796-acre easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of an 8” natural gas pipeline in Section 15, Township 2 South, Range 24 East. The proposed project is needed in order to connect existing pipelines that are on the southern portion of the Yellowstone River to a natural gas power generating station proposed on the north side of the river. The project is part of a larger project where Northwestern Energy is currently developing a gas-powered generating station near a refinery in Laurel, MT in order to meet user demand in the pacific northwest. The location for the proposed generating station and the 8” natural gas pipeline under the river offers access to adequate, uncongested electric transmission and gas supplies.
The proposed project will use horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to bore under the Yellowstone River and place an 8” pipeline for the purpose of moving natural gas to the generating station. The pipeline will be approximately 50’ below the rock bed of the Yellowstone River.

InterBel Utility Easement, Olney Townsite  2021-10-01
InterBel Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (InterBel) is proposing to install new underground fiberoptic telecommunications facilities that would provide services to the townsite of Olney, MT. InterBel is locating facilities along existing public and state roadways. There are two state residential lease access roads (1st Avenue North and Pothole Drive) where InterBel would need a utility Easement from DNRC to install fiberoptic within the road Right of Way. The estimated encumbered acreage is 1.208 acres.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Broadwater-Missouri Pipe Span Maintenance     2021-11-01
The Pipe Span is part of the East Canal of the Broadwater-Missouri Project, owned and managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation’s (DNRC) State Water Projects Bureau (SWPB). The pipe spans the Missouri River to supply the East Canal, which is a primary irrigation water conveyance source for the Broadwater-Missouri Water Users Association east of the Missouri River. A major maintenance rehabilitation project was last performed on the pipe span in 2001. The rehabilitation included exterior and interior coating applications to preserve the steel. The exterior coating used has exceeded its life span and requires re-painting as part of long-term maintenance. Repairs to areas within the interior of the pipe and to surfaces of the existing concrete pier supports are also necessary.

Willow Creek Dam - Reservoir Transducer Installation   2021-09-29
The project involves installing instrumentation to remotely monitor reservoir elevation. The project’s purpose is to improve data management and reservoir operation efficiency. A vibrating wire transducer will be installed near the bottom of the reservoir. The transducer sends an electrical signal upslope to a data logger mounted on a panel between two 4”x6” posts. A 2-foot by 2-foot trench will be excavated for approximately 350 linear feet along the reservoir shoreline to allow placement of electrical conduit. The trench will be backfilled with native soils adjacent to the trench.

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