12.11.435 RESTRICTING OR RATIONING RIVER USE
(1) The commission shall make the final decision on whether or not to restrict or ration river use and the adoption of rules for doing so.
(2) When determining how a river should be managed, the commission shall consider management methods in the following order:
(a) nonrestrictive management methods;
(b) restrictive management methods; and
(c) rationing methods.
(3) Under conditions or circumstances identified by the commission, the commission may implement rationing management methods before or simultaneously with restriction management methods or implement restrictive management methods before or simultaneously with nonrestrictive management methods.
(4) When developing a management plan or recommending rules to the commission:
(a) the department shall work with a citizen advisory committee to identify the problems and the social conditions that would trigger restrictions or rationing of use; and
(b) the management plan or rule recommendations must describe how restricting or rationing use would address a particular problem.
(5) If rationing is proposed and it becomes necessary to allocate opportunities to use or conduct business on a river, the department, working with the citizen advisory committee, shall recommend an allocation system to the commission. The department may consider all types of allocation systems including fixed systems, nonfixedsystems, and variations of these two types.
History: 87-1-301, 87-1-303, MCA; IMP, 87-1-201, 87-1-301, 87-1-303, MCA; NEW, 2004 MAR p. 2718, Eff. 11/5/04.