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Water Rights

Read the latest news from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation on water issues and Montana water rights:

  • Farm Bureau concerned about state water plan ideas May 5, 2014Every 20 years the state water plan needs to be revised, updated and voted upon by the state Legislature. Since much of agricultural production is dependent on water, the Montana Farm Bureau has been taking a serious look at what is being proposed in the 2015 state water plan. According to statute, the state water ...
  • Farm Bureau strongly opposing new EPA proposed water rules April 21, 2014The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is expressing strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grossly expanding government control of the Clean Water Act. The rules, which were released today, say normal farming, ranching and conservation activities, such as building fence, pruning shrubs and managing brush, could now all be under the jurisdiction of ...
  • Statement: Regarding EPA’s Proposed “waters” Rule April 2, 2014Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding EPA’s Proposed ‘Waters’ Rule “Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation carefully reviewed EPA’s March 25 release of the ‘waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule. The results of our review are dismaying. “The EPA proposal poses a serious threat to farmers, ranchers and other landowners. Under EPA’s proposed ...
  • Montana Farm Bureau to closely examine EPA’s rule on water March 25, 2014Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The proposed rule is being lauded by the EPA as one that will “benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean ...
  • EPA draft report potentially harmful to agriculture November 18, 2013A draft report the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released that erases the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act should be of grave concern to farmers and ranchers, according to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. The draft report provides no scientific support to make distinctions between significant and insignificant connections of streams and wetlands ...