Geoscience in Your State: Montana

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Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Montana

  • 3,043 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 205 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $1.05 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 57 total disaster declarations, including 28 flood, 20 severe storm, and 3 tornado disasters (1953-2017)6
  • $3.69 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 2017...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in montana

Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

Established in 1919, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) continues to fulfill its mandate to collect and publish information on Montana's geology to promote orderly and responsible development of the energy, groundwater, and mineral resources of the State.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is charged with protecting a clean and healthy environment as guaranteed to our citizens by our State Constitution. Our ultimate goal is to protect public health and to maintain Montana's high quality of life for current and future generations.

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's mission is to help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations.The department is organized into seven divisions: Director's Office, Conservation and Resource Development, Forestry, Oil and Gas Conservation, Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission, Trust Land Management, and Water Resources.

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Montana Disaster & Emergency Services (MT DES) is the lead agency coordinating comprehensive emergency management in Montana.  In collaboration with local and tribal governments we build, sustain, and improve our ability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate hazards. 

Case Studies & Factsheets

Cover of Using Produced Water

Opportunities and Concerns in Using Produced Water Produced water is natural groundwater that is extracted along with oil and gas. It is commonly salty and mixed with oil residues,1 so it must be either disposed of or treated and reused. About 2.5 billion gallons of produced water are extracted...

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Introduction Dry wells improve stormwater drainage and aquifer recharge by providing a fast, direct route for rainwater to drain deep into underlying sediment and rock. Dry wells are most common in the western U.S. where clay or caliche layers slow down the natural drainage of water into underlying...

Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Montana 3,043 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 205 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $1.05 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 57 total disaster declarations, including 28 flood, 20 severe storm, and 3 tornado disasters (1953-...

Cover of AGI Factsheet 2018-004 - Present Day Climate Change

Climate Science 101 Climate is the average of weather conditions over several decades.1,2 Geoscientists monitor modern climate conditions (1880 A.D. to present) in part by taking direct measurements of weather data (i.e., air temperature, rainfall and snowfall, wind speed, cloudiness, and so on)...

Cover of AGI Factsheet 2018-002-Geologic Mapping and Public Health

Using Geologic Maps to Protect Public Health Geologic maps can be used to understand and mitigate public health risks across the US, in addition to their more traditional use in resource and infrastructure decisions. Geologic maps can show the location of naturally occurring hazardous materials and...