Summer (175th) Council Meeting

The Summer (175th) Council Meetings were held in Helena, Montana on July 16-18, 2014.

BRIEFING MATERIALSHelena, MT – Briefing Materials – July 17-18, 2014  (28.7 MB)

Water Resources Committee
Executive Committee
Water Quality Committee
Legal Committee Minutes
Full Council Minutes


Water Resources Committee Meeting

USGS Streamgage Program – Mike Norris, USGS National Streamflow Information Program Coordinator
Data, Water and Snow Monitoring Needs in the Upper Missouri River Basin – Doug Kluck, Central Regional Climate Services Director
Landsat Today and Future Missions – Frank Kelly, Director, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center/Space Policy Advisor
NOAA West – Timi Vann,
Water Data Exchange (WaDE) – Sara Larsen, Water Data Exchange (WaDE) Program Manager, Western States Water Council

Water Quality Committee Meeting

S.D.N.Y. Water Transfers Decision – Peter Nichols, Special Assistant Attorney General for the States of Colorado and New Mexico

Legal Committee Meeting

Dividing the Waters Initiative – Alf Brandt, Executive Director, Dividing the Waters Initiative at the National Judicial College

Full Council Meeting

DNRC Jobs Economy – John Tubbs, Director, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation


Water Resources Committee
Executive Committee
Water Quality Committee
Legal Committee
175th Full Council Meeting


SPECIAL PRE-MEETING WORKSHOP: The WSWC and WestFAST  sponsored a pre-meeting workshop on Federal Non-Tribal Water Rights Claims, which was held July 15-16 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Downtown in Helena.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together state and federal officials to discuss ways states and federal agencies can improve the process used to resolve federal non-tribal water rights claims, including the possible development of a clearinghouse of relevant information that states and federal agencies can use when working to address these claims. Participants  addressed: (1) water issues associated with general stream adjudications: (2) water issues associated with permitted activities on federal land ; and (3) ways to accommodate federal water needs within state legal frameworks.

 Federal Non-Tribal Water Rights Workshop Agenda


Overview of Montana – NPS Water Rights Compact – Jeff Hughes, National Park Service
USDA Forest Service Water Rights in Montana – Faye Bergan, Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission (retired)
Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) – Meg Estep, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program
–  Jim Schneider,  Nebraska Natural Resources Department
Issues Associated with Permitted Activities on Federal Land – Jana Wilcox, Bureau of Land Management, Burns District

:  The event will be held at Holiday Inn Conference Center Downtown located at 22 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana  59601.


FIELD TRIP:  If you plan to attend the field trip, please return the completed registration form to our office in advance of the meetings.


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