The Montana State Water Plan – A Watershed Approach: The Challenge of Collaboration in Crafting State Water Policy

Wed, Apr 15, 12:00 pm
126 EPS (Engineering and Physical Sciences) MSU
Speaker Name: 
Michael Downey
State of Montana
Natural Resources and Conservation - Water Resources Division

Michael Downey, Water Planning Section Supervisor with Montana DNRC Water Resources Division, will talk about the collaborative process used to develop the recently released Montana Water Plan.

Michael Downey lives in Helena, Montana, and is married with two children ages 15 and 17.  He works for the Montana DNRC Water Resources Division as the Water Planning Section Supervisor.

Michael grew up on an isolated cattle ranch on the edge of the Great Basin northwest of Reno. He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oregon in 1985.  He then moved to San Francisco working as a freelance photographer where assignments carried him throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

In 1994, he received a Master’s degree in Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School and then moved to Helena to work for DNRC in the Water Resources Division. After working 9 years for the State of Montana, he returned to the private sector and spent 10 years working in private land conservation as a Land Steward and GIS Coordinator for the Montana Land Reliance. In the spring of 2013 he returned to DNRC, Water Resources Division.

Michael is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and white water rafter. In his free time he enjoys pursuing landscape photography and coaching lacrosse. 


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