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Water Resource Law to Improve Montana Streams

Originally signed into law in 1974, the Water Resources Development Act authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to implement regional projects that conserve and improve water development. Thanks to Senator Max Baucus, current reform of the bill includes a provision that dedicates funds to specifically address extreme weather impacts to Montana streams.

The Northern Rockies Headwaters Extreme Weather Mitigation provision in the new law allocates 70 million dollars annually to projects that naturally restore ecosystems and buffer extreme weather events (like floods and drought) exclusively in Montana and parts of Idaho.

Read more about the new law in Laura Lundquist’s article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 5, 2014.

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