The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) spent the last few years working with variousinterest groups to update the Montana State Water Plan. Now, a draft of the 2015 plan is available for review and public comment.
“[The plan] provides guidance for the conservation and management of water resources in Montana for the next 20 years,” the DNRC announced in a press release.
Managing water resources is incredibly important in Montana, DNRC Upper Missouri Water Basin planner Ann Schwend said.
“We’re going to have to come together as communities to really think about how we will manage water,” Schwend said. “How do we meet all of the beneficial needs, such as for agriculture, while ensuring we still have enough water for municipalities or fish and wildlife?”