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Streamside Protection Program
Resources for Property Owners
There are numerous resources available for landowners who are looking for ideas, technical support, or funding assistance for stream or riparian protection on their land. Browse our growing list:
- Water Rights in Montana explores Montanans' right to use water. The handbook explains water rights adjudication, the process for new water appropriations, and changing a water right. Among other topics, the handbook discusses regulations related to distribution of water and how controlled groundwater areas and closed basins affect one's use of water.
- A Guide to Montana Water Quality Regulation delves into water quality standards required under the federal Clean Water Act and the state Water Quality Act, including permitting, compliance, and enforcement. It also explains the use of water quality assessments for state waters, such as the development of total maximum daily loads for threatened or impaired water bodies. (Please call 444-3742 if you would like to receive a paper copy of this handbook.)
- The Missoula Conservation District offers Riparian Planting Mini-Grants to help Missoula County landowners looking for help with projects involving maintenance or restoration of riparian areas. The District also runs a Cost Share Program for natural resource improvement projects.
- The Guide to Montana Water Management – Who Does What with Water Resources provides an overview of water management at the federal, state and local levels, and examines basic water law and water quality information. This resource from Montana Water Course helps Montana citizens understand the complexities of managing our most valuable natural resource.
- Also from Montana Water Course, the Landowners’ Guide to Montana Wetlands provides technical information and resources for funding conservation and restoration projects.
- For realtors, developers, and landowners alike, the Realtor Guide provides information about understanding and protecting water resources.
- Check out the Landowner’s Guide to Fixing Streams on Working Lands from the Clark Fork Coalition. Pages 22-25 list Grants and Loans for Restoration and Conservation that can be particularly useful for landowners and community groups.
- For landowners who irrigate, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) produced a take-to-the-field reference to help irrigators save energy, water, and money. The Montana Irrigator’s Pocket Guide contains sections on equipment and irrigation practices. Revised and reprinted in 2003. The guide is not available online, but you can order a hardcopy from NCAT by calling 1-800-346-9140.
- For inspiration and education about watershed projects around the state, the Watershed Projects Database catalogues more than 500 unique projects that have been initiated since the early 1990’s. Most are state and federally funded projects, and many are on private lands. You can search for projects in your watershed or area.
Last updated: June 27, 2012