Yellowstone River Compact Commission

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The Yellowstone River Compact was ratified in 1950 and became effective in 1951. The Yellowstone River Compact Commission (YRCC) is a three member commission charged with apportioning the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.

► Proposed Meeting Dates:

2019 Annual Commission meeting to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 8:00 A.M. at the Best Western Sheridan Center, 612 N Main St, Sheridan, WY 82801

 

Yellowstone River Basin map

Yellowstone River Basin

History of the Compact

The Yellowstone River Compact was ratified in 1950 and became effective in 1951. The Yellowstone River Compact Commission (YRCC) is a three member commission charged with apportioning the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.
The Compact was entered into by Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming to:

  • provide for an equitable division and apportionment of the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.
  • encourage the beneficial development and use of the Basin's waters, recognizing the great importance of water for irrigation that would arise from future projects or programs for the regulation, control, and use of water in the Yellowstone River Basin.
  • further intergovernment cooperation and remove causes of controversy over distribution and use of water.

 

Compact and Commission Information

 

Compact Commissioners

  • John Kilpatrick - Chairman and Federal Representative
  • Jan Langel - Commissioner for Montana - Administrator, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Greg Lanning - Commissioner for Wyoming - Wyoming State Engineer

Technical Advisory Committee

  • Samantha (Sam) Swartz - River Basin Coordinator, Interstate Streams Division, Wyoming State Engineer's Office
  • Dave Schroeder - Superintendent, Water Division Two, Wyoming Board of Control
  • Loren Smith - Superintendent, Water Division Three, Wyoming Board of Control
  • Mark Elison - Hydrologist, Water Resources Division, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Kirk Miller - U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center
  • Lucas Zukiewicz - U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Montana State Office

 

Location of the Official Records of the Yellowstone River Compact Commission

U.S. Geological Survey
Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center
3162 Bozeman Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-457-5900 (office)