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Articles with the Tag: Flathead Indian Irrigation Project

Irrigators face predicted dry season ahead Irrigators face predicted dry season ahead

CHARLO — Local farmers and ranchers met with the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project team on April 15 to discuss water levels. Skye Cooley, a hydrologist, shared information about snowpack in the area. “We currently have about 74 percent to 78 percent of our average snowpack,” Cooley said...

Fishing closed on Mission Reservoir

News from CSKT Natural Resources PABLO — On Aug. 28, 2023, the CSKT Natural Resources Department Water Monitoring & Measurement Program observed that water levels at Mission Reservoir had dropped to a point that raised safety concerns for the local fish populations and overall fisheries ecosys...

Mollman Pass Trail Road remains open

News from Shane Morigeau FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) would like to announce that the Mollman Pass Trail Road will remain open. CSKT was able to coordinate an effort with Lake County and Flathead Indian Irrigation Project (FIIP) to ensure that the Mollman P...

County rescinds Resolution 21-20

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Commissioners voted on March 27 to rescind Resolution of Intent 21-20 regarding the handling of fees related to the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project.  R21-20, passed by the commission in 2021, determined that Lake County would cease billing, collecting, and distr...

Commissioners amend controversial resolution Commissioners amend controversial resolution

RONAN — Just a week after meeting with around 250 disgruntled irrigators Aug. 30 at the Ronan Community Center, Lake County Commissioners convened last Wednesday to reconsider a controversial resolution that would have removed the county from the chore of collecting irrigation fees.  The resolu...

Commissioners take action to cease fee collection

News from Lake County Commissioner Gale Decker LAKE COUNTY — Mission Valley irrigators will notice a significant change in their tax statements beginning in tax year 2023. Fees for operation and maintenance of the three irrigation districts will no longer be collected by the County Treasurer and d...

Crow Dam spillway project wraps up Crow Dam spillway project wraps up

Weather cooperating, on April 1 detour signs come down, the road traversing Crow Dam southwest of Ronan opens after a two-year closure, and Crow Reservoir will gradually begin to fill again after 16 years of limited storage.  Farmers in the area will no doubt be relieved. Downstream, the reservoir wa...

Initial findings of Ninepipe corridor feasibility study shared Initial findings of Ninepipe corridor feasibility study shared

LAKE COUNTY — Improvements to a crucial stretch of U.S. Highway 93 near the Ninepipe Reservoir are being revisited as engineers compare past and current studies on the heavily traveled roadway. An informational meeting was held on Feb. 7 by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and consulti...

Officials meet for infrastructure discussion

POLSON — On Wednesday, Nov. 17, officials from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Lake County and the Montana Department of Transportation sat down at the Polson Red Lion Inn to discuss infrastructure concerns regarding Lake County roads. Also joining the conversation were Montana Lt. Gove...

CSKT Water Compact finalized by Secretary of Interior CSKT Water Compact finalized by Secretary of Interior

Friday marked the end of a long and intricate journey to resolve water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the state of Montana and the federal government.   That voyage came to an end when Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai-Montana C...


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