Water Quality (Montana)

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Place Montana


Name Water Quality Act (Montana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/75_5.htm

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Water Quality Act establishes water conservation and protection, as well as the prevention, abatement, and control of water pollution, as the policy of the state of Montana. The Act establishes a comprehensive state water quality program, which is administered by the Department of Environmental Quality: http://www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/default.mcpx

The Act sets limitations on the state's ability to set regulations that are more stringent than federal regulations (section 75-5-203), establishes a Water Pollution Control Advisory Council in the Department of Environmental Protection, establishes classifications and standards for state waters, addresses the cooperation of the department and local water quality districts in establishing local water quality programs, and sets permitting, monitoring, and reporting requirements.

Policy Contact

Department Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Website http://www.deq.mt.gov/
Department Board of Environmental Review

Website http://www.deq.mt.gov/ber/default.mcpx
Department Water Pollution Control Advisory Council
Division Planning, Prevention, and Assistance Division

Phone (406) 444-6697

Fax (406) 444-6836

Website http://www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/wpcac/default.mcpx

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 75-5 MCA

Date Enacted 1971

Authority 2: ARM 17.30.101 through 2006