DEQ collaborates with the Montana Wetland Council to develop and help implement the state wetland plan. The Montana Wetland Council is an active network of diverse interest that works cooperatively to conserve and restore Montana's wetlands and riparian ecosystems.
As part of its strategic framework, the Wetland Council offers public education and professional training and offers assistance to local governments through planning and growth management tools that help to protect wetlands and riparian areas.
The Montana Wetland Council also supports the completion, maintenance, and dissemination of statewide digital wetland and riparian information though its mapping, assessment, and monitoring program. Additional strategic directions of the Montana Wetland Council entail planning and policy assistance to local, state, tribal, and federal governments and the contribution to better understand the effects of energy development, limited water resources, and invasive aquatic species on vulnerable and impacted wetlands.