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Water Committee Seeks Comments on 404 Permitting Study

Thursday, July 21, 2016/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags: Water Policy Interim Committee

The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) welcomes public comment on how Montana might assume regulatory activities under federal Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

The WPIC  approved a draft of the report July 12 in order to seek public comment. Comments will be reviewed and discussed at the Aug. 29-30 meeting of the WPIC before final decisions are made.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 directed the WPIC to evaluate local, state, and federal permits for waterway projects and to determine if Montana has jurisdiction to regulate Section 404 activities. The Clean Water Act requires “dredge and fill” permits for those placing material in certain waterways.

The report is available for review on the WPIC’s website, http://www.leg.mt.gov/water. Comments may be sent to the WPIC at P.O. Box 201704, Helena, MT  59620-1704 or emailed to jasonmohr@mt.gov with the subject line, “SJ2 comments.”

All comments received by 5 p.m. on August 15 will be compiled and reviewed by the WPIC prior to its August meeting in Helena. Comments received after the deadline will be provided to the WPIC at the meeting. Comments are welcome in person at the meeting as well. An agenda and all other meeting materials for the August WPIC meeting will be made available on the WPIC’s web site approximately two weeks in prior to the meeting.

Members of the WPIC include: Chairman Bradley Maxon Hamlett, D-Cascade; Vice-chairman Carl Glimm, R-Kila; Rep. Bob Brown, R-Thompson Falls; Rep. Zach Brown, D-Bozeman; Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls; Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby; Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, D-Crow Agency; Rep. Kathleen Williams, D-Bozeman.

For more information, contact Jason Mohr, WPIC staff, at 406-444-1640 or jasonmohr@mt.gov.

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