Water Rights/Use Articles




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.

MSU College of Ag hosts first 'College of Ag Connects' forum on January 15


With a new year upon us, it's time to make new plans and goals for your farm or ranch. Take advantage of this opportunity to from a great line up of University specialists.

Drought Conditions Continue to Prevail across Montana


Updates from the Governor's Drought & Water Supply Advisory Committee meeting.

Farmers and ranchers urged to comment on WOTUS


The Montana Farm Bureau is urging farmers and ranchers to submit comments regarding how the Water of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule would negatively affect them. Send your comments to EPA to support the repeal of the illegal 2015 WOTUS rule at fb.org/wotus-comments.

What does that "file for exempt water rights" notice really mean?


Nearly 350,000 property owners in Montana recently received notice in the mail of their opportunity to file exempt water rights. What should you do with it?