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Water Rights

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

  • Montana Farm Bureau dismayed at water protection bill failure November 3, 2015 The Montana Farm Bureau is extremely disappointed that the Senate failed to pass S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.  Particularly frustrating is that Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), voted against the cloture motion, blocking the final vote on S 1140. The bill, if passed, would have sent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back to ...
  • Montana Farm Bureau applauds stay of Water of U.S. Rule October 9, 2015 The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the Sixth Circuit Court for ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop enforcement nationwide of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “The court has listened to reason, as the judges expressed strong concerns over the legality of this rule. These concerns are what Farm Bureau has ...
  • Army Corps Memos Reveal Dysfunction, Secrecy and Misconduct at EPA July 31, 2015 A cache of internal memos that federal regulators intended to keep private reveals a culture of secrecy, falsehood and dysfunction that permeated the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking process. Yesterday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released more than 50 pages of documents in which the Army Corps of Engineers repeatedly rebuked EPA officials ...
  • Farm Bureau applauds Montana lawsuit against EPA, Corps of Engineers June 30, 2015 The Montana Farm Bureau applauds Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox for having the state join a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Waters of the U.S. rule. Fox joined 12 other states who contend the new definition of “Waters of the U.S.” violates provisions of the ...
  • MFBF expresses dismay at EPA’s finalized water rule June 5, 2015 The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong concern regarding the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers finalized rule to redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.  MFBF, along with other state Farm Bureaus, the American Farm Bureau and many other organizations have objected to the EPA going above and beyond ...
  • Prairie Potholes Stuck in EPA’s WOTUS Spin April 2, 2015 By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation While the Environmental Protection Agency continues to court America’s farmers to support the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), the messages of the agency’s charm offensive could actually be telegraphing a regulatory nightmare for many farmers across wide swaths of prime farm and ranch country. Based on messages ...
  • MFBF responds to Key Senate Votes on WOTUS March 27, 2015 Statement by Bob Hanson, President, Montana Farm Bureau Federation “The Montana Farm Bureau has been a strong opponent of the gross expansion of EPA’s regulatory reach by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposed rule. This week, key votes in the Senate delivered the message that the WOTUS is flawed in both the ...
  • CSKT Water Compact Bill Clears the Senate February 26, 2015 The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the Montana Senate’s strong bipartisan YES vote on SB 262, commonly referred to as the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) water compact bill. The state’s largest agricultural organization supports the bill due to a strong belief that without the compact, Montana’s water adjudication could be held up for decades.  Montana Farm ...
  • MFBF December 12, 2014 Earlier this week Montana Farm Bureau Federation submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act. Our farmer and rancher members are extremely concerned about the EPA’s proposed rule with regard to the definition of “Waters of ...
  • Groups urge governor to oppose proposed water rule September 5, 2014 The Montana Farm Bureau, along with 12 other organizations across Montana, has sent a letter to Montana Governor Steve Bullock urging him to oppose the EPA’s proposed new rule on Waters of the United States.  They believe the proposed rule is extremely detrimental to Montana and asked for the governor’s help to prevent it from ...