(1) The district may exclude a stream, or portion thereof, upon a determination
that the stream does not have significant aquatic and riparian attributes in
need of protection or preservation under 75-7-102, MCA.
(2) In order to make a determination, the
district must conduct a public meeting to gather information relative to the
aquatic and riparian attributes of a stream. Notice of the public meeting shall
be publication of a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the area at
least twice with an interval of at least 14 days between the two publication
dates. The first notice must be published at least 28 days prior to the
(3) If after public meeting, the district determines that a stream has no significant aquatic and riparian attributes in
need of protection or preservation, the district may exclude the stream, or
portion thereof, from jurisdiction of this act by adoption of a district rule.