Department of Agriculture Responsibilities
Additional information, forms, etc, can be found at: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Business/Pesticides/Enforcement/
The Montana Department of Agriculture has the responsibility to ensure that pesticides are available for use and do not pose an unreasonable adverse effect on human health or the environment. The department’s Technical Services Bureau works to this end by reviewing pesticide registrations, training applicators so they are certified to use pesticides appropriately, providing licensing of pesticide applicators and dealers, providing technical and compliance assistance to applicators and landowners, utilizing enforcement authority when necessary, and providing environmental protection services such as waste pesticide disposal, pesticide container recycling, and monitoring of our water resources to determine if pesticides are present and if they are having an adverse impact.
Montana Code Annotated – Title 80, Chapter 8 – http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/80_8.htm
Administrative Rules of Montana – http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=4.10
Groundwater Monitoring for Pesticides and Nitrate
The Groundwater Protection Program samples groundwater and surface water across the state to determine the presence of pesticides and fertilizers. The program has a permanent network of 42 monitoring wells. In addition, investigative and special projects are conducted in vulnerable areas, watersheds, and urban environments.
Montana Code Annotated – Title 80, Chapter 15 – http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/80_15.htm
Administrative Rules of Montana – http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=4.11