St Mary’s Conveyance – More than a Band-Aid
After 2-plus decades of study and band-aid repairs, the St Mary’s Conveyance system will finally get some serious federal funding to replace the dam system near Babb.
We’ll talk with Steve Darlinton of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and learn more replacing the St Mary’s Diversion Dam in its entirety and improving fish passage. It’s the first part of a $100 million investment to replace the crumbling infrastructure in the century-old canal system that provides critical water to tens of thousands of Montanans along the Hi-line.
Alot of mis information on SB72. A water court judge in missoula would not hear a case from mile city. There are four divisions based on water basins. This bill isn’t perfect and probably won’t make it. However as an irrigator I do believe that we need a water court based on drainages or basins. District courts may have little knowledge of water law.