Water Operations Bureau
The Water Operations Bureau administers the following programs:
Board of Water Well Contractors – The BWWC is responsible for licensing water well drillers and contractors and enforcing water well construction standards.
Dam Safety – The Dam Safety Program regulates the construction, operation, and maintenance of Montana's dams to protect life and property from damages due to failure. The Dam Safety Program also provides training and outreach to dam owners and engineers, and assists with emergency preparedness activities.
Floodplain Management – Assists the 110 locally administered floodplain management programs throughout Montana in reducing the loss of life and structural property through wise floodplain development, and in reducing the loss of functional floodplains by reducing the amount of erosion of stream banks due to unwise floodplain development throughout Montana.
Water Measurement Program – Provides technical information and/or water measurement requirements regarding diversion from streams where chronic dewatering has caused water use disputes or severe dewatering impacts.