Community water rights lead the conversation at Swan Community Council

The monthly Swan Valley Community Council Meeting on March 19 had reports from the Swan Valley Volunteer Fire Department and the Forest Service. In addition, special guest speaker Jim Nave from Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation discussed water rights in the Swan Valley.

“The Swan Valley is one of the only basins in Montana that still has surface water rights available,” Nave said. “Other basins are closed for new surface water rights.”

The Swan Basin encompasses the Swan River drainage to its confluence with Flathead Lake in Big Fork, including all tributaries, said Na...


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