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Articles with the Tag: Water rights

Tester discusses bills impact on CKST, new bills on security

MONTANA — In a recent media phone call, Senator Jon Tester discussed a number of bills he’s been involved with that have a direct impact on the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe.  The office of Senator Tester announced on Feb. 3 that CSKT would receive nearly $156,937,000 out of the bipa...

Briefs for Feb. 8, 2023

CSKT to receive water rights settlement funds News from the Office of Senator Tester HELENA — The DOI announced on Feb. 3 that they will be allocating more than $232 million from Senator Tester’s bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to fulfill Indian Water rights settlements in Montana. ...

DNRC rescinds municipal water right guidance

News from MT Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation HELENA — The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced the rescission of a 2014 memo intended to provide guidance on changes in use for municipal water rights. “After reviewing the memo and its implementation over...

Interim wells plan passed

News from the Flathead Water Management Board FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Flathead Reservation Water Management Board took action April 29 to adopt a two-part interim process to apply for a new use of groundwater for an individual or shared domestic purpose. Before drilling a well or developing a s...

Polson Commission votes against de-annexation

POLSON — By a vote of five to two, the Polson City Commission defeated a resolution to de-annex around 70 acres at the top of Polson Hill. The vote, held during the regular meeting April 4, was preceded by a lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of removing lots one and three of the Knife River An...

First stakeholder meetings of Comprehensive Water Review held

News from DNRC HELENA — With support from the governor’s office and executive branch feedback, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is leading a comprehensive review of water management and administration as part of the Governor Greg Gianforte’s Montana Comeback Plan an...

Water Rights Protection Act impacts local use

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Since the Montana Water Rights Protection Act was signed into law a year ago, changes to how water rights are assigned and managed on the local level are beginning to fall into place – and impact some local land use and subdivision plans. The CSKT Water Compact was activ...

Trump signs water rights bill into law, not everyone celebrates

After the Montana Water Rights Protection Act went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Sunday, Dec. 27, and was signed into law many celebrated, including state and tribal leaders, but not everyone joined the festivities.   Mission Irrigation District Commissioner Tim Orr was one of those not c...

Montana leaders praise Montana Water Rights Protection Act being signed into law

News from Senator Steve Daines  MONTANA — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester celebrated their bipartisan bill, the “Montana Water Rights Protection Act,” being signed into law by President Trump on Sunday, Dec. 27.  Several Montana leaders issued statements in suppo...

Briefs for March 4, 2020

Warm meal served at Soup’s On     POLSON — Polson Community Church will serve lunch on March 12 at Journey Be Christian Church, 101 Seventh Ave. W, at the SW corner of First St. W. The church’s phone number is 406-883-6160. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and will con...


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