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Articles with the Tag: Flathead water rights

Canal cleaning, appeal discussed at meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control heard from the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project manager, talked about a legal appeal, decided to carry insurance on a new employee; and one seat was left empty on the board. The Wednesday, March 15, meeting started out with a report from FIIP Mana...

Irrigation board supports fourth district Irrigation board supports fourth district

ST. IGNATIUS — Several issues were discussed during the Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14. FJBC Commissioner Jennifer Kaplan was sworn in as the meeting got started. She is now one of the representatives for the Jocko District. Commissioner Ted Hein asked the FJBC to vot...

Irrigation board contemplates budget Irrigation board contemplates budget

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control is considering hiring a consulting firm to help sort out the issues with the water rights adjudication process before the issue goes to Montana Water Court. “We are here today because a couple months ago the DNRC sent out letters with adjudica...

Water rights process moves forward Water rights process moves forward

ST. IGNATIUS – The water rights adjudication process affecting the Flathead Indian Reservation reached another level in the past few weeks. At the Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Tuesday, irrigators reported receiving letters in the mail concerning water rights claims from the Montana Dep...

Judge rules on legislature’s vote regarding water compact

LAKE COUNTY – District Judge James Manley ruled the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Montana Water Compact to be unconstitutional concerning a certain section regarding immunity. The Flathead Joint Board of Control brought the lawsuit against the State of Montana. “We value our const...

Briefs for March 16

 Meet irrigator candidates RONAN — The public may meet the candidates running for the 2016 Irrigation District elections on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Ronan Community Center. Candidates running in the Flathead Mission and Jocko Valley Districts will be invited to explain their ...

Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery

ST. IGNATIUS – Irrigation commissioners said last week that a lack of drought management plan and adequate staffing at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is exacerbating water delivery to Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators.  According to commissioners, individual ditchriders appear to be c...

Tribal Water department monitors water, confident in science Tribal Water department monitors water, confident in science

RONAN — The water slipping through the gates of a dilapidated, decades old, rickety irrigation headwork on the Pablo Feeder Canal on North Crow Creek drifts by with a quiet gurgle, and to the naked eye it might be hard to distinguish the infinitesimal differences in day-to-day water level, but to the h...

Tricky water issues rise to the surface of lawmakers’ agenda

By Michael Wright Community News Service UM School of Journalism When it comes to water at the 64th Montana Legislature, there tends to be one bill on everybody’s mind – the Flathead Water Compact – but that’s not the only water issue that people are fighting over at the Capi...

Compact contingency bill heard in committee Compact contingency bill heard in committee

HELENA – Supporters and dissenters testified in Helena March 6 about a bill that would allocate $5 million for the public defender’s office to defend state-based water rights if the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact does not pass during the legislative session.  The bi...


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