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St. Mary group talks how to fund rehabilitating the diversion


Last updated 9/8/2020 at 11:48am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Workers continue to rebuild Drop 5 on the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The structure, which suffered catastrophic failure May 17, is the last part of the conveyance works that transports water from the St. Mary River to the North Fork of the Milk River.

The St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group met Friday and discussed how to move forward with paying for a rehabilitation of the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance.

Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines R-Mont., and Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., are trying to shift the funding for the system from about 75 percent provided by the users and 25 percent by the federal government so the federal government picks up about 75 percent of the cost of operation and maintenance.

Tester said work on Drop 2 and Drop 5 has been progressing and the project is on schedule to get done within the next mo...

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