The historic, catastrophic flooding of the Yellowstone River affected many water users in Montana.

As one way to support recovery efforts, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation identified waiving application fees for water users affected by flooding.

“Flood waters damaged many water right points of diversion beyond repair. There may also be areas where channel migration forces water users to develop a new point of diversion,” said Nate Ward, bureau chief for water rights at DNRC. “There is a significant cost in time and equipment to make repairs and replacements, so we want to do what we can to help reduce that expense.”

The massive flooding in Montana created a financial burden, especially during this recovery and rebuilding phase. 

Governor Greg Gianforte directed state departments to determine how to help relieve that burden. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation asked to waive application fees for water users affected by flooding.

“Flood waters damaged many water right points of diversion beyond repair. There may also be areas where channel migration forces water users to develop a new point of diversion,” said Ward.

Fee waivers apply to counties including Flathead, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Park, Carbon, Stillwater and Yellowstone. Fees for these forms will be waived through the end of 2022.

The specific forms that fees are being waived for are:

Replacement Point of Diversion Form (Form 644, fee $400): This form should be used when natural disasters wash out/render a surface water point of diversion unusable and a replacement point of diversion is needed. 

Replacement Well Notice (Form 634, fee $100): The Replacement Well Notice form is required when replacing a well. 

Additional information on flooding resources from DNRC is available online at http://dnrc.mt.gov/flooding-resources.