(1) The purpose of these rules is to define the dispute resolution process provided for in Article III.F. of the Yellowstone River Compact.
(2) The goal of the dispute resolution process is to encourage joint problem solving and consensus building. It consists of three phases: unassisted negotiation, facilitation, and voting.
(3) Any agreement reached through this process is binding on Montana, Wyoming, and the United States geological survey (USGS) .
(4) Either state can initiate the dispute resolution process established in these rules and the other state is obligated to participate in good faith. The issues pursued under this dispute resolution process shall be both substantive and require timely resolution.