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Water Quality Act (Montana)

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Program Info
State 
Montana
Program Type 
Environmental Regulations
Provider 
Montana Department of Environmental Quality

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.