Private reservoirs or ponds, can they be sold for development?

There has been some interest from local landowners that have water on their property to explore the option to sell some of their water to oil and gas developers and others that may need water to do business.

The Pondera County Commissioners are sponsoring an informational meeting that will provide water owners with the tools they need to help make a more informed decision on selling water and the required process and rules to follow to legally sell water.

The informational workshop will be on May 23 at 1 p.m. at the Pondera Center in Conrad, 311 S. Virginia.

Kraig Van Voast, Deputy Regional Manager DNRC Havre and Matt Miles, Water Resources Specialist DNRC, Havre will lead the discussion to start the workshop and cover the following areas for the first half hour:

Primary regulatory functions for the Division in regards to oil and gas development; Water right permitting, associated application and notice of completion processes; Closed hydrologic basins; Changes to existing water rights; Municipalities; Water marketing and DNRC jurisdiction in regard to the Blackfeet Reservation.

The workshop will continue with questions and answers from the workshop participants.

“The commissioners hope that area landowners that are considering selling water attend this very important meeting,” says Dan Picard from the Pondera County Extension office.

The meeting is free and open to everyone in the region.  For more information contact the Pondera County Commissioners, Cynthia Johnson, Sandy Broesder or Joe Christiaens at 271-4010 or the MSU Pondera County Extension Office at 271-4054.