Committee to request study of Montana stream gauges

Committee to request study of Montana stream gauges

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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Lawmakers want to look for new ways to pay for stream gauges across Montana following a year in which state agencies nixed funding for some of the measuring devices to save money.

The Water Policy Interim Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to draft a resolution calling for a study of stream gauges and the complex funding mechanisms behind them. The resolution would be considered by the 2019 Montana Legislature.

The vote came after lawmakers heard from government officials and a leader of a watershed group about the importance of gauges and the volatility of their funding sources. Several gauges were shut off at least temporarily in the past year because of budget crunches at the state level, and government officials and water users alike want more stability.