The Impacts of Growth
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A webinar series investigating growth and its impacts.
The formal presentation will be followed by questions and discussion from the audience
March 25, 2021
Who Owns the Water?
Montana Water Rights Basics
February 24, 2022
Mark Elison, MT Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation
Who owns the water in Montana? How do water rights work? Can I use the water in the ditch or stream on my land? Can I build a pond? How do I get water rights or find out if I have them? Do fish have water rights? Explore the answers to these questions and more.
December 9, 2021
Joel Adams, Hydrologist
Tom Osborne, Hydrologist
Part 1: Hydrogeology of the West Bench Aquifer. Joel Adams
The geology, hydrology and dynamics of the west bench aquifer. A review of ground water studies describing where the water comes from, the dynamics of the aquifer, how land and water use influences aquifer recharge and how climate influences water supply.
Part 2: Community Hydrology: A Discussion with Tom Osborne and Joel Adams
A discussion about agriculture, rural development and how altered hydrologic systems influence water allocation, availability and land use. What are the pros and cons of these altered systems? How might climate influence these systems?
May 13, 2021
Jacob Kuntz, Helena Area Habitat for Humanity
Hermina Harold, Trust Montana
Andrea Davis, Homeword
Brian Guyer, HRDC
As more people move to our beautiful area, housing has become a critical issue. What are the needs throughout the area and what tools do we have tackle those needs?
April 29, 2021
Bill Bullock, County Commissioner
Tom Kohley, DES
Ken Coffin, District Ranger, USFS
Growth increases demands on local infrastructure, from roads, to emergency services to trails, much of which is tax payer supported. Join us to learn more about how growth is paid for and how it is affecting local budgets.
Managing Impacts of Growth
of Future West
An overview of the impacts of both planned and unplanned growth to community housing, services, infrastructure and local government and will highlight information about the elements, tools and best practices of communities that successfully adjusted to growth