By Tim Leeds 

Tester says funding water projects could be difficult


Finding money for Rocky Boy's-North Central Montana Regional Water System and the St. Mary Diversion Rehabilitation, is becoming more complicated, said U. S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

"It's going to be difficult without congressional authorizations known as earmarks, " Tester said, adding that prohibiting earmarks turned funding projects like those over to the presidential administration.

The president's budget appropriated about $500,000 for the Rocky Boy's-North Central and the Fort Peck-Dry Prairie regional water systems, with none for the St. Mary project, Tester said.

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