GWIP supports science-based water management in Montana by answering site-specific
questions that are prioritized and assigned by the Montana Ground Water Steering
Committee MCA 2-15-1523,
as mandated by the Montana Legislature and authorized in MCA 85-2-525.
To meet this goal, GWIP conducts research on specific hydrogeologic
issues in areas that are ranked as the most urgent within the State.
Groundwater withdrawals can directly affect senior water-rights holders, streamflows,
the availability of irrigation water, and the health of aquatic ecosystems.
Efficient water management requires a scientifically based understanding of the groundwater systems.