MWCC at the 2019 Montana Legislature
In 2017, MWCC’s Board of Directors added “represent” as a tenet to our organization’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan. This addition was born of the expressed value of our watershed partners to have “a collective voice for watershed groups” on issues concerning local conservation activities. In the past, MWCC’s policy engagement has been minimal. However, our watershed partners have been increasingly concerned about critical state funding programs and infrastructure, like the Montana stream gage network, that local communities rely on to manage natural resources.
In 2019, MWCC will host Watershed Day, January 28th, at the Montana State Capitol and continue its Legislative Bulletin, tracking only a few policy bills and state budgets that contain pertinent conservation initiatives or resources.
As of January 9, 2019, MWCC Bill tracking includes the following:
SB 32 Bill creating a stream gage oversight committee under the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Committee
- Hearing on 1/11/2019 in Senate Natural Resources
- SB 32 Information Sheet
SB 47 Bill to recognize the Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins Council as a basin advisory council for the purpose of implementing the State Water Plan
- Hearing Scheduled for Senate Natural Resources 3:00p, 1/15/2019
HB 5 State funding for Future Fisheries Grant Program
HB 6 State funding for Watershed Management Grants
HB 7 State funding for RDG Planning Grants & aquatic invasive species prevention
HB 32 A funding strategy for aquatic invasive species prevention
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