Farmers and ranchers prevailed this week when the U.S. Supreme Court
unanimously ruled in favor of landowner property rights in the case of PPL v.
Montana. This decision puts ownership of streambeds and stream banks in the
hands of their rightful owners.
“This decision also helps ensure that farmers and ranchers will not have to
pay government for the use of land or water from streambeds that run alongside
or through their property. This week’s decision is a win for Farm Bureau
members, farmers and ranchers nationwide and all private property owners.”
The American Farm Bureau Federation filed a friend-of-the-court brief along
with the Montana Farm Bureau in the case. Colorado Farm Bureau and Utah Farm
Bureau also filed briefs in the case in support of the petitioning