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Study: Canada takes too much Milk River water

HELENA (AP) - Gov. Judy Martz is pushing to renegotiate a 1921 international agreement that, according to a recent study, has let Canadian irrigators take more than their share of water from the St. Mary and Milk rivers.

Montana farmers in the Milk River Basin have been shortchanged about 90,000 acre-feet a year for the past half-century, the state study found. An acre-foot of water is 325,851 gallons.

The agreement has not been reviewed in 83 years, Martz noted.

Robert Boyles, a spokesman for Alberta Environment, the environmental agency of the Alberta provincial government, said Alberta o...

 

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