Meetings will answer questions about exempt water rights claims

Several months ago, all Montana landowners received a form to file for Exempt Claimed Water Rights. This is an important opportunity to file on rights for livestock drinking directly from natural water sources, and domestic and stockwater wells put to use before July 1, 1973. 

The meeting will feature Jim Beck, retired from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Helena Regional Office, where he worked in several water resource areas, including water rights. Beck has been a member of the Broadwater Conservation District for 26 years and for the past 20 years he has been an instructor for the state’s water commissioner training program. 

Beck will discuss the exempt claim filings in detail, and will explain the consequences of the loss of priority date if the filings are not made. He will also describe how to search for previous water right filings, provide resources for completing the claim forms, and explain what to expect from a consultant.

Fort Benton – 1 p.m., Jan. 22

Malta – 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 

Glasgow - 1 p.m. on Jan. 23

Lewistown - 4 p.m., Jan. 25, Council on Aging Building

Winnett - 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Methodist Church

Jordan - 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26

Circle - 10 am on Jan. 27

For more information on location, please contact the local Conservation District in the hosting county.

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