In water law, the most important thing is getting your water
Last updated 1/21/2020 at 8:37am
Montana’s Sen. Steve Daines has introduced the Montana Water Rights Protection Act — MWRPA — to provide federal settlement of the water rights claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes — CSKT. Without this legislation, Montana will face years of expensive litigation and uncertainty in trying to resolve these claims, and will assuredly reach a worse conclusion.
This is due to the undeniable fact that in water law, a settlement allows you to structure protection for junior water rights in a way that a trial does not. And make no mistake, the junior water rights being pro...