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Water Committee to Hear Water Infrastructure Needs

Friday, February 26, 2016/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags: Water Policy Interim Committee

Montana’s aging water supply and water storage infrastructure are expected to highlight the Water Policy Interim Committee’s March 7-8 meeting.

The committee will discuss a 2014 report from the American Society of Civil Engineers that estimates it will require billions to replace the state’s drinking water, wastewater, storage, and delivery infrastructure. The report, which is available at www.infrastructurereportcard.org, also examines the need for public investment in schools, transportation, transit, and solid waste.

At its March meeting, the WPIC will also focus on its three major studies: assumption of the federal section 404 permitting program, water availability and supply issues, and the future of the Water Court.
As part of the committee’s water availability study, an official from the city of Bozeman will describe how that city has prepared to expand its water resources in the face of continued growth.

The committee will also narrow its consideration of certain topics for the future of the Water Court, including problems with water right ownership updates, the duties of water commissioners, the need for “living decrees,” and the jurisdictional scope of the court.

Next Meeting

The committee will meet on March 7-8 in Room 172 of the Capitol in Helena. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on March 7 (discussion on water infrastructure will begin after 1 p.m.). For more information on the committee’s activities and upcoming meeting, visit the committee’s website or contact Jason Mohr, committee staff. Committee Website: www.leg.mt.gov/water Committee Staff: jasonmohr@mt.gov or 406-444-1640

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