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Water Use Act (Montana)

Eligibility 
Utility
Fed. Government
Commercial
Agricultural
Investor-Owned Utility
State/Provincial Govt
Industrial
Construction
Municipal/Public Utility
Local Government
Residential
Installer/Contractor
Rural Electric Cooperative
Tribal Government
Low-Income Residential
Schools
Retail Supplier
Institutional
Multi-Family Residential
Systems Integrator
Fuel Distributor
Nonprofit
General Public/Consumer
Transportation
Program Info
State 
Montana
Program Type 
Environmental Regulations
Provider 
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Any use of water in the state of Montana is established as a public use, and the waters within the state are established as property of the people of the state. This chapter provides for the administration, control, and regulation of water rights by the state and establishes a system of centralized records of all water rights. The chapter addresses the powers and duties of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, water rights records, costs and fees for environmental impact statements, water measurement and leasing, the adjudication of water rights, as well as relevant permits, appropriations, and certificates. The chapter has sections pertaining to the utilization of water, groundwater, water use and diversion from the Yellowstone River Basin, and Indian and Federal water rights.