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Representative Carl Glimm

Representative Carl Glimm

HB 339 would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Montana Supreme Court wisely closed last year, and give developers the right to take the water before those who are legally entitled to use that water first.

It’s bad policy based on bad science and will deplete streamflows, undermine senior water rights, increase sprawl, and spark conflict among water users. It’s irresponsible, putting development before water security and our prized fisheries. It’s unfair, letting subdivisions cut in line to grab water before everyone else – including those with senior rights. It’s bad science, imposing arbitrary guidelines for water use in a state with complex hydrology and already over-allocated streams.

For more information, visit the Clark Fork Coalition’s Fact Sheet on exempt wells!

11 Responses to " Threatening Montana’s Rivers and Streams "

  1. […] Call or e-mail the House Natural Resource Committee members and ask them to vote against HB 339 (Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila). This bill seeks to overturn the Montana Supreme Court ruling that […]

  2. […] HB 339, a bill before the House Natural Resources Committee of the Montana Legislature, would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Montana Supreme Court wisely closed last year, and give developers the right to take the water before those who are legally entitled to use that water first. It’s bad policy based on bad science and will deplete streamflows, undermine senior water rights, increase sprawl, and spark conflict among water users.  […]

  3. […] HB 339 would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Montana Supreme Court wisely closed last year, and give developers the right to put in wells for new subdivisions and take the groundwater before those who are legally entitled to use that water first. It’s bad policy based on bad science and will deplete streamflows, undermine senior water rights, increase sprawl, and spark conflict among water users.  It’s irresponsible, putting development before water security and our prized fisheries. It’s unfair, letting subdivisions cut in line to grab water before everyone else – including those with senior rights. It’s also bad science, imposing arbitrary guidelines for water use in a state with complex hydrology and already over-allocated streams. […]

  4. […] the most troubling water bill this session is HB 339 (Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila). This bill would re-open the exempt well loophole and overturn a Supreme […]

  5. […] HB 339 by Rep. Carl Glimm (R-Kila) would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Montana Supreme Court wisely closed last year. It would give developers the right to put in wells for new subdivisions and take the groundwater before those who are legally entitled to use that water first. It’s bad policy based on bad science and will deplete streamflows, undermine senior water rights, increase sprawl, and spark conflict among water users. It’s irresponsible, putting development before water security and our prized fisheries. It’s unfair, letting subdivisions cut in line to grab water before everyone else – including those with senior rights. It’s also bad science, imposing arbitrary guidelines for water use in a state with complex hydrology and already over-allocated streams. This bill passed the House 62-38. It is currently scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. […]

  6. […] HB 339 (Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila) would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Montana Supreme Court wisely closed last year, and give developers the right to take the water before those who are legally entitled to use that water first. […]

  7. […] HB 339 (Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila) would functionally overturn last year’s Montana Supreme Court decision protecting the state’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Supreme Court wisely closed last year, and give developers the right to take the water before those who are legally entitled to use that water first. […]

  8. […] HB 339 (Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila) would overturn last year’s Montana Supreme Court decision protecting the state’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt-well loophole that the Supreme Court wisely closed, and give developers the right to take the water ahead of those who are legally entitled to that water. […]

  9. […] to the Governor’s desk, and we need your help in requesting that he veto this reckless bill. HB 339 would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water […]

  10. […] particularly bad bill defied the odds and landed on the governor’s desk. HB 339 (Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila), would have functionally overturned a 2016 Montana Supreme Court decision […]

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