Water Rights/Use Articles




Farm Bureau cheers repeal of onerous water rule


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said WOTUS vastly and unclearly expanded the definition of “Waters of the United States” beyond the limits imposed by Congress and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Federal Court sends illegal water rule back to EPA


A federal court says the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act because of its “vast expansion of jurisdiction over waters and land traditionally within the states’ regulatory authority.”

Farm Bureau applauds state land water bill becoming Montana law


HB 286 clarifies that the state of Montana may only obtain an ownership interest in a water right or ground water development works if a court determines the state is an owner of that water right or if the state is in possession of a deed transferring ownership of the water right.

Farm Bureau applauds signing of new proposed Clean Water Rule


“It’s fantastic to see common sense has returned to Washington, D.C. and especially to the EPA. This new rule will provide a clear direction for farmers and communities to follow” said McPherson, a diversified farmer from Stevensville.

WOTUS ruling sets dangerous precedent; time to Ditch the Rule


South Carolina District Court’s injunction of the Waters of the United States ruling further emphasizes the importance of passing legislation that once and for all drives a stake in the 2015 rule and sends EPA back to the table to draft a workable solution.

Farm Bureau Files Brief Supporting Water Rule Opponents


The American Farm Bureau Federation has filed a brief in support of 13 states—including Montana— challenging the EPA’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” rule before a federal district court in North Dakota.

Issue Update: Exempt Wells...Try, Try Again


The debate regarding effective regulation of exempt wells in Montana continues. MFBF is at the table representing agriculture and working toward collaborative solutions.

Montana Farm Bureau Applauds Delay of Unlawful WOTUS Rule


Farmers and ranchers expressed relief following today’s action by the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to delay implementation of a 2015 rule that expansively defined waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).

Planning Your Program of Work: Find Easy Ways to be Visible


Park County Farm Bureau recently held a hugely successful seminar. Take it from them; sometimes the simplest of events are the most popular.

Farm Bureau comments on WOTUS jurisdiction change


With a large percentage of Montana slated to be regulated under the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule, the Montana Farm Bureau expressed cautious optimism in today’s ruling that federal district courts have the jurisdiction to review the unlawful rule.