GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

Public meetings begin Monday so state officials can gather comments on the upper and lower Missouri River.
    
The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1fTKU70) the comments will be used to develop a state water plan that will guide decisions for the next two decades.
    
The state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Upper Missouri River Basin Advisory Council are hosting meetings that begin Monday and run through Oct. 9. The meetings are planned for Great Falls, Conrad, Helena, Bozeman and Dillon.
    
Additional meetings conducted by the DNRC and Lower Missouri River Basin Advisory Council are planned in Lewistown, Glasgow, Culbertson, Roundup, Harlowton and Havre between Oct. 8 and Nov. 7.
    
The water is used for recreation, agriculture, municipal and industrial needs, and to support fish and wildlife.