Water Rights Notification Tool

DNRC developed the Water Rights Notification Tool (WRNT) to deliver timely, targeted information to users who may be impacted by new water right permit and change applications. Users can narrow down the types of applications they want to be notified about by source type, basin (to look up your administrative basin, use this map), and county. The WRNT then sends email alerts when any application within the selected parameters reaches key milestones in DNRC’s review process.

For applications received on or after January 1, 2024, the Notification Tool will email an alert when an application within your parameters reaches any of the following five key steps:

  1. Application posted to DNRC website.
  2. Correct and complete determination.
  3. Draft Preliminary Determination available and 30-day public comment period initiated.
  4. Preliminary Determination available, and objection period initiated if public comments were received on the Draft Preliminary Determination.
  5. Permit or change authorization issued.

For applications filed prior to January 1, 2024, the WRNT will generate emails for the following steps in the process:

  1. Application posted to DNRC website.
  2. Correct and complete determination.
  3. Beginning of objection period.
  4. Permit or change authorization issued.

It’s a convenient, instant way to stay informed about active applications. Customize your alert settings below to sign up now.

HB 114, passed by the 2023 Montana Legislature, became effective on January 1, 2024. Under the new process, DNRC will publish a Draft Preliminary Determination for public review and comment for all permit and change applications filed after January 1, 2024. Potentially impacted water users may submit comments on the Draft Preliminary Determination during a 30-day public comment period. This gives the Department the chance to consider comments and, if necessary, address issues prior to finalizing the Preliminary Determination. Preliminary Determinations will be publicly noticed for objections only if public comments are received.

The imlementation of HB 114 is the reason for the differnt notification categories outlines above (for applications filed before and after January 1, 2024). Click here for more information about how HB 114 is changing the permit and change application and objection process. Or, contact your local Water Resources Regional Office.