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Collection 2094 - Roy E. Huffman files, 1976-1981

Creator: Montana. Board of Natural Resources and Conservation

Provenance Note: Records of the Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation were donated to the Montana State University Library by Roy E. Huffman on December 14, 1982. They were collected by him during his tenure as a member of the board from January 1977 to January 1981.

Historical Note: The Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation (BNRC) was a citizen board appointed by the Governor (Roy E. Huffman was appointed by Governor Thomas L. Judge). It oversaw the implementation of legislation regulating natural resource and conservation issues. Two major tasks of the BNRC during Roy Huffman's tenure were water reservation rulings provided for by the Montana Water Use Act of 1973 (which created singular changes in water reservations on Montana watercourses) and the approval of siting and construction of energy generating and conservation facilities and large transmission lines as mandated by the Major Facilities Siting Act. In 1995 the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation was reorganized and the BNRC was eliminated.

Content Description Note: The collection has been arranged into three series. Series One papers include minutes and agendas of the meetings from Jan. 1977-Jan. 1981; organizational and administrative papers; news releases and schedules of events; Roy Huffman's working papers, personal correspondence and expense vouchers; files on projects and agencies within the Board's jurisdiction including: conservation districts, dams, fire rules (forests), flood plain delineations, grazing districts, the Renewable Alternative Energy Program, rights-of-way, sediment control, state water development projects, some water reservations papers, watershed and river basin activities and weather modification along with the Circle West Project, Montana Power Company interests, and materials related to the interaction between the BNRC, Legislature, Courts and other constituencies. Series Two records relate to the decisions on in-stream water reservations for the Yellowstone River (the first river to be adjudicated under the new law). Requests for water reservations, transcriptions of hearings, petitions for rehearing, final arguments, legal briefs and the final orders on Yellowstone River reservations and related papers are represented in this series. Interested parties included cities, towns and agricultural enterprises along the river, 14 Applicant Conservation Districts, the Dept. of State Lands, the Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation, the Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences, the Dept. of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, Utah International, Inc., Intake Water Company, the Montana Wildlife Federation, the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited, and the Federation of Fly Fishermen. Series Three records cover implementation by the BNRC of the Major Facilities Siting Act, in particular the Colstrip - Hot Springs, Montana Transmission Line for connection with the Bonneville system and amendments to the construction permits for the Colstrip #3 and #4 generating plants. A major portion of the papers for the main transmission lines of the Montana Power Co. are related to the Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry 100 kV line and the main 500 kV Colstrip to Hot Springs line. Also present are records related to corridor designations for the Clyde Park - Dillon Transmission Line through the Jack Creek drainage in the Gallatin National Forest with the attendant litigation of the Montana Wilderness Assn., the Anaconda - Hamilton Transmission Line, and Northern Lights, Inc request for the Troy - Mt. Vernon power line for the proposed Mt. Vernon Mine. Correspondence by Board members Ted J. Doney, Cecil Weeding, John C. Orth, and Joseph W. Sabol (attorney for the Board) as well as Roy Huffman are prevalent. Maps, aerial mosaics, charts, hearing exhibits, pamphlets, reports, articles and other supporting materials are present within the various series. Many records are photocopies distributed to the Board members. Published background studies and reports readily available in the stacks and/or Special Collections were removed from the collection.

Contents

Series 1: Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation records, 1977-1981
Series 2: Yellowstone River water reservation records, 1976-1980
Series 3: Major Facilities Siting Act: Colstrip #3 & #4 and transmission line records, 1976-1981

Series 1: Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation records, 1977-1981

Agendas, minutes, correspondence, news releases, events schedules, annual reports, organizational and administrative files of the Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation (BNRC); legislative and litigation files; reports, brochures and articles; a set of Roy E. Huffman's correspondence, working papers and travel vouchers; files related to specific programs and projects addressed by the Board; and other miscellaneous assorted papers and materials of the Board. Many of the papers are photocopies distributed to Board members. The files have been arranged in alphabetical order and then chronologically within subjects.

Box 1
1. BNRC: Administration
2. BNRC: Agenda with attachments, Jan. 28, 1977
3. BNRC: Agenda with attachments, Apr. 6, 1977
4. BNRC: Agendas of Apr. 21, 1977 and July 8, 1977
5. BNRC: Annual reports, 1977-1979
6. BNRC: Correspondence, 1977
7. BNRC: Correspondence, 1978
8. BNRC: Correspondence, 1979-1981
9. BNRC: Events schedules, Mar. 9 - Dec. 21, 1977
10. BNRC: Minutes, Nov. 4, 1976 - Apr. 21, 1977
11. BNRC: Minutes, Jul. 8, 1977- Dec. 13, 1977
12. BNRC: Minutes, Feb. 10, 1978 - Dec. 15, 1978
13. BNRC: Minutes, Feb. 23, 1979 - Nov. 17, 1979
14. BNRC: Minutes, Jan. 4, 1980 - Nov. 21, 1980
15. BNRC: News releases, Jan. 28, 1977 - May 1, 1980
16. BNRC: Open meeting law
17. BNRC: Organization; charts and reorganization papers
Box 2
1. Circle West Project, 1977
2. Conservation Districts including 1979-1980 annual reports
3. Dams
4. Electric power (Montana Power Company)
5. Environmental Impact Statement - drafting guidelines
6. Fire rules
7. Flood plain delineations: (assorted) with attachments, 1977
8. Flood plain delineations: (assorted) with attachments, 1978
9. Flood plain delineations: (Bitterroot River) with attachments, 1979
10. Flood plain delineations: (Cascade County) with attachments, 1979
11. Flood plain delineations: (Cascade County) flood insurance study, 1979
12. Flood plain delineations: (assorted), 1980
13. Flood plain delineations: (Powell County), 1981
Box 3
1. Grazing Districts
2. Huffman, Roy E. - Personal correspondence
3. Huffman, Roy E. - Travel vouchers
4. Huffman, Roy E - Working papers
5. Legislation, 1977
6. Legislation, 1979, 1981
7. Litigation - lists of actions against the Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation and BNRC
8. Montana Environment Policy Act rules
9. Renewable Alternative Energy Program
10. Renewable Alternative Energy Program (cont.)
11. Reports, articles, pamphlets and brochures
12. Reports, articles, pamphlets and brochures (cont.)
13. Rights-of-Way
14. River projects
Box 4
1. Sediment control progress report
2. State Water Development Projects Plan (proposed)
3. Water reservation guidelines
4. Water reservation papers: applications, correspondence other than Yellowstone River
5. Watershed and river basin activities
6. Weather modification

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Series 2: Yellowstone River water reservation records, 1976-1980

Case study and newspaper articles; applications for water reservations; transcripts of the Yellowstone River Reservation Applications hearings plus exhibits; petitions for rehearings; Billings, Montana rehearing papers; additions and extensions of reserves; proposed and final findings of fact, conclusions and orders; legal documents including briefs, responses and motions; Montana Supreme Court and Montana District Court papers; the transcript of the final arguments and the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation decisions and orders. The interests of Utah International, Inc. and Intake Water Company are well represented. The files are for the most part in chronological order.

Box 4 (cont.)
7. "Protecting Instream Flows in Montana: Yellowstone River Reservation Case Study" by Debra A. Sweetman; a draft manuscript, no date ; one set newspaper articles, Nov. 1978
8. Applications for reservation of water, Yellowstone River, 1976
9. Applications for reservation of water, Yellowstone River, 1976 (cont.)
10. Applications for reservation of water, Yellowstone River, 1976 (cont.)
11. Applications for reservation of water, Yellowstone River, 1976-77
Box 5
1. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 8-9, 1977
2. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 10-11, 1977
3. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 12-15, 1977
4. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 16-17, 1977
5. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 18-19 & 22, 1977
Box 6
1. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 23-24, 1977
2. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 25-26 & 29, 1977
3. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Aug. 30-31, 1977
4. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 1-2, 1977
5. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 6-7, 1977
Box 7
1. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 8-9, 1977
2. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 12-14, 1977
3. Unabridged Redirect Testimony of Bruce Rehwinkel, Sept. 13, 1977
4. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 15-16 & 19, 1977
5. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 20-21, 1977
Box 8
1. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 22 & 27, 1977
2. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings, Sept. 29-30, 1977
3. Yellowstone River Reservation Applications Hearings: Exhibits
4. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences
5. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Dept. of Fish and Game
Box 9
1. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Fourteen Applicant Conservation Districts
2. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Intake Water Company
3. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Intake Water Company (cont.)
4. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Utah International Inc.
5. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Utah International Inc. (cont.)
6. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Utah International Inc. (cont.)
7. Proposed findings of fact, etc. - Assorted agencies and industries
Box 10
1. Final arguments, Aug. 18-19, 1978
2. Findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc.
3. Findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc. (cont.)
4. Findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc. (cont.)
Box 11
1. Findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc. (cont.)
2. Findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc. (cont.)
3. Petitions for rehearings - Billings and others, March - April, 1979
4. Rehearing papers of Billings, 1978-1980
5. Litigation - Joseph W. Sabol memo to the Board, July 5, 1977 (Utah Intl., Inc. and Intake Water Co. motions)
6. Litigation - Intake Water Co. briefs, motions, etc., 1977-1978
7. Litigation - Utah Intl. Inc. briefs, motions, etc., 1977-1978
8. Litigation - Assorted briefs, motions, etc. of interested parties, 1977-1980
9. Litigation - Utah Intl. Inc. briefs, motions, etc. before Montana District Court, 1979-1980
10. Litigation - Utah Intl. Inc. briefs, motions, etc. before District Court, 1979-1980 (cont.)
Box 12
1. Litigation - assorted Montana District Court documents, 1977-1980
2. Litigation - Montana Supreme Court documents, 1977-1979
3. Requests for additions and extensions of water reservation areas, 1977-1980
4. Assorted decisions and orders of the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation, 1977-1980

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Series 3: Major Facilities Siting Act: Colstrip #3 & #4 and transmission line records, 1976-1981

Records of actions to amend the Major Facilities Siting Act, including reports, studies, comments, transcripts of testimony, decisions and orders. Records related to the applications for the Colstrip #3 and #4 sites include reports, environmental impact statements, permits, contracts, other studies, legal documents and related papers. Records of activities related to the determination of locations and appropriateness of transmission lines for power from Colstrip, Montana to Hot Springs, Montana and various other Montana sites including Broadview, Grass Range, Glengarry, Anaconda, Hamilton, Billings Clyde Park, Dillon, Troy and Mt. Vernon. Materials include diagrams, maps (that show both routes and suggested rerouting of the lines and include named holdings of effected landowners), aerial mosaics, transcripts of hearings, exhibits and testimony, legal documents, and findings of fact and orders of the Board. One particularly contentious issue represented was the location of a transmission line through the Jack Creek drainage in the Gallatin National Forest near the Big Sky Resort.

Box 12 (cont.)
5. Major Facilities Siting Act definitions, policies and amendment papers, 1977
6. Site Act proposed amendments and commentary
7. Site Act - appendix A and B - comments and testimony Montana agencies and co-ops
8. Site Act - appendix C - electric company comments
9. Site Act - appendix D - general comments
10. Site Act - appendix F - proposed amended definitions
11. Site Act - appendix G - energy planning
12. Site Act - third set of proposed rules, commentary and definitions, 1978
13. Siting Act rules changes with individual testimony, cost analysis, definitions, etc., 1978
14. Major Facilities Siting Act Amendment: adoption, resolution and order, April 1978
15. Siting Act Amendments: report reforming the act and draft of further amendments, 1978
16. Assorted power plant siting materials including a article, a proposed study and testimony of Ted J. Doney before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (Max Baucus, Chairman)
18. Colstrip facilities studies, 1972
19. Colstrip #3 & #4: Certificate and parts of conditions set by the Board, July 1976
Box 13
1. Colstrip #3 & #4: EPA review, EIS reports, and conditional permits, Sept.-Dec. 1976
2. Colstrip #3 & #4: Contracts, objections to provisions, compliance, Feb. - Sept. 1977
3. Colstrip #3 & #4: EPA public notice, Montana Power materials, town site EIS, 1978-79
4. Colstrip #3 & #4: Papers of a suit filed by the Northern Plains Resource Council and Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Inc., 1979
Box 14
1. Colstrip #3 & #4: Assorted papers on construction and impact of plant and transmission lines, May - July 1980
2. Colstrip #3 & #4: Transcript of hearing, July 31, 1980
3. Colstrip #3 & #4: Proposed findings of facts, etc. and orders of the Board, Aug. 1980- Sept. 1981
4. Colstrip #3 & #4: Transcript of citations for findings 1-5 (no date)
5. Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Assorted communications, 1977
6. Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Construction guidelines, Dec. 1977
7. Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Centerline evaluations, 1977-1980
8. Transmission lines (Colstrip to Hot Springs): Rerouting proposals with maps, diagrams
9. Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Maps and diagrams
10. Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): 1976-Nov. 1977 papers
Box 15
1. Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Transcript of proceedings, Dec. 2-3, 1977
2. Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Proposed findings of fact, etc., Apr. - June 1978
3. Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Final arguments, June 1978
4. Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Findings of fact, etc., 1978
5. Transmission lines (Broadview - Grass Range - Glengarry): Certificates, petitions, legal documents, Aug. 1978 - Sept 1979
6. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Billings): Order for Waiver with maps, July 19, 1979
7. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Montana Power Co. application, 1975-76
8. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Transcript of hearing, Feb. 16-17, 1977
Box 16
1. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Applicants exhibits
2. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): DNRC exhibits
3. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Photos and aerial photo mosaics, MPC
4. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Proposed findings of fact, May-June, 1977
5. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Findings of fact, modifications, etc., Aug.-Sept., 1977
6. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Certificate of need, Sept., 1977-Mar. 1981
7. Transmission lines (Anaconda - Hamilton): Concerns Citizens of the Bitterroot protest with newspaper article, Dec. 1977
Box 17
1. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Transcript of hearing, Sept. 23, 1976
2. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Testimony with exhibits, Sept. 23, 1976
3. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Transcript of hearing, Sept. 24, 1976
4. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Testimony with exhibits, Sept. 24, 1976
5. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Montana Wilderness Assn. testimony, Sept. 24, 1976
Box 18
1. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Proposed finding of facts, Feb. 1977
2. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Proposed finding of facts, Mar. 1977
3. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Transcript of hearing, Apr. 21, 1977 (on amended application)
4. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Findings of fact, July 15 and Oct. 19, 1977
5. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Motion to Postpone papers, June 30, 1977
6. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Legal documents and papers related to the Montana Wilderness Association and Environmental Information Center, Inc. response to motion to postpone, Oct. 1977 - Jul. 1978
7. Transmission lines (Clyde Park - Dillon): Brief of Montana Power Co., Nov. 9, 1979
8. Transmission lines (Troy - Mt. Vernon): Northern Lights, Inc. application, Dec. 29, 1977
9. Transmission lines (Troy - Mt. Vernon): Transcript of hearing, Mar. 24, 1979
10. Transmission lines (Troy - Mt. Vernon): Proposed findings of fact, centerline order, etc., Apr. 1979-1980

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Updated: 3/31/09