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Lawsuit still threatening St. Mary Diversion


Last updated 1/23/2020 at 11:29am

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group Co-Chair Marko Manoukian speaks Wednesday during a working group meeting in the Bear Paw Development conference room about the group's monetary needs if they were to implement the full-time position of a coordinator for the group.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies is still ready to shut off a primary source of water in the Milk River.

Jeff Baumberger of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees operations of the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works, said Wednesday during a meeting of the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group that the alliance sent another notice of intent to sue for bull trout passage in the diversion.

The diversion and conveyance, completed more than a century ago to provide water for irrigation in the Milk River Valley, is in an area with bull trout, a threatened species.

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