Regional water planners assist communities in engaging stakeholders, outlining collaborative processes, developing plans for sound water management, acquiring grant funding, identifying and prioritizing projects, and resolving water use conflicts. Efforts are coordinated with several governmental and non-governmental organizations – and other partners statewide.

Resources for Water Commissioners

DNRC has developed an educational program for water commissioners that provides annual training on commissioner responsibilities and water measurement techniques. This free training is available to anyone interested in the accurate measurement and distribution of water in Montana including state and federal water managers, water commissioners, ditch riders and dam tenders, District Court and Water Court personnel.

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Do you need a Planner’s Assistance?

The Water Planners are available to assist with watershed planning projects, acquiring grant funding, preparing drought response plans and resolving water use conflicts. 

Planner Contact Information

Lower Missouri Basin information           Michael Downey - (406) 444-9748

Upper Missouri Basin information           Danika Holmes - (406) 444-1451

Yellowstone River Basin information       Vacant

Clark Fork/Kootenai Basin Information    Valerie Kurth - (406) 444-6627


State Agencies and Research Organization that focus on water

Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology – Groundwater Information Center (MBMG-GWIC)   MBMG conducts groundwater research across Montana.

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)   While DNRC work is focuses on water quantity in Montana, DEQ’s work is focuses on water quality.

Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC)  The Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local watershed communities to promote healthy and productive landscapes across Montana.  

Montana Water Center   The Montana Water Center is one of 54 federally funded water research institutes in the United States. The Montana Water Center is partnered with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University in Bozeman.