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Montana ranchers seek to curb residential wells


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MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS

Ranchers in Montana Tuesday asked a state agency to stop giving away water use rights for tens of thousands of new homes being built in areas once dominated by agriculture. Across the arid West, residential subdivisions and agricultural interests are vying for control of water supplies that have emerged as one of the region's most coveted natural resources. In the latest skirmish between the two groups, five Montana ranch owners filed a petition Tuesday with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, charging the state's water rules...

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