Jeremiah Theys, PE
Great West Engineering, Inc.
Bitterroot Irrigation District
Mary E. Baker-Youderian
Teton Cooperative Reservoir Co.
MADCS Board of Directors
Morrison Maierle Inc.
Ruby River WUA
Deadmans Basin WUA
Willow Creek WIJA
Pondera Canal & Reservoir
P. O. BOX 400
Stanford, MT 59479
The owners and operators of Montana Dams and Canals face similar concerns:
• Age related problems
• Downstream development
• Recreational users
• High costs of rehabilitation
• Liability and Insurance
Aging of infrastructure: The majority of dams and canals in Montana were built between 1900 and 1960. Many components of
these dams are at the end of their design life and need rehabilitation. For example, dams built prior to 1970 commonly use
corrugated metal pipe as outlet material. Corrugated metal is subject to corrosion, and rarely lasts more than 50 years.
Replacement of outlet components is usually very expensive, often costing in excess of 1 Million dollars. It is difficult for many dam
owners and operators to fund high cost dam repairs.
Public benefits of dams: Dams have tremendous public benefits in addition to providing irrigation and drinking water. Many
reservoirs are used for fishing, boating, and flood control. Montana dam owners are very sensitive to the needs of recreational
users and operation their reservoir for multiple uses. However, the dam owners and operators bear much of the cost of operating,
maintaining and rehabilitating the dams.
Drought: Prolonged drought in the state of Montana has been especially difficult for Montana dam owners.
Downstream urbanization: Development downstream of dams has a direct impact on dam owners. As the population
downstream of a dam increases, the dam owner has to deal with increased liability and stricter regulations. Coordination and
communication between dam owners, county planners and developers is critical. Proper planning can help to minimize liability for
the dam owner.
Coordination and communication between dam owners: Many dam and canal owners deal with similar issues. Rodent control,
reservoir operation, canal lining, inspection techniques and response to emergencies are some of the many concerns facing dam
owners. All dam owners have their share of success stories dealing with these issues. This association is a means of sharing
information and experiences with one and other.
MADCS was organized to help dam and canal owners with these and other critical issues.
To share information between Montana dam and canal owners
MADCS Goals and Objectives
Meet Annually at Workshop to increase awareness of dam and canal safety, construction and technology
- Share experiences
- Be exposed to latest technology and materials
- Stories/experiences dam canal repair
- Operation and maintenance tips
- Upcoming deadlines for grants
- Should recreational users be sharing dam operating costs?
- Resolution of problems with forest service
Legislative interaction: Lobbying, support of issues, assistance to dam and canal owners for navigating the legislative process
Question and Answer Resource: To provide forum for dam and canal owners to share ideas and information
- To be an advocate for dam and canal owners in their interactions with the state and federal government
- To be a source for information and publications
|Who We are and What We Do
|Message from the New MADCS President
This is exciting, my first message representing MADCS!!!
I must first thank Vern Stokes for his hard work and dedication to the MADCS
organization. Vern has helped to grow membership to an all-time high and is always
striving to have one of the best educational conferences in the State. Vern will still be
very active in MADCS and will continue to serve on the Board.
A little about myself, I am a Civil Engineer by trade and work for Great West
Engineering. I have been involved with water resource projects over the last 15 years
working for various water users, private and non-profit organizations, and City/County
Municipalities. I am married and have two children. Our family enjoys everything the
Montana outdoors has to offer; just about every weekend of the year you can find us doing
something in the outdoors whether it's hunting and fishing, skiing or maybe riding our dirt
MADCS had a very successful 2016 conference in Missoula. We had over 120 attendees
and a fantastic group of presenters covering some very insightful topics. Our field trip
took us to some great project locations and gave us a glimpse of some of the things
happening around Missoula. Almost 20 vendors were in attendance and I hope everyone
had a chance to visit with these folks and maybe pick up some useful information. Please
support our vendors when you can as they do a great deal to support our organization.
I would personally like to thank everyone who attended the conference and look forward
to another great conference in 2017.
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Silver Member: $300 Business card on website and 1/4 page ad in newsletter
Bronze Member: $100 Business card ad in newsletter
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STANFORD, MT 59479
THANK YOU FOR MAKING
THE 2016 MADCS
WORKSHOP A SUCCESS