By Tim Leeds 

Tester, Daines, Rosendale introduce funding for St. Mary Diversion rehabilitation

St. Mary's Reinvestment Act would authorize $52 million to rehabilitate St. Mary's Diversion Dam, require ability-to-pay study


Last updated 3/12/2021 at 12:17pm

Photo courtesy Marko Manoukian

Water flows through the collapsed Drop 5 in the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works in May in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. That strcture has been repaired and work done on two more of the drop structdures, and the members of Montana's congressional delegation are introcing a bill to fund rehabilitating the diversion dam at the start of the more-than-100-year-old 29-mile system.

The three members of Montana's congressional delegation have introduced a bill to pay for work starting to rehabilitate the system that provides much of the water that runs through the Milk River each year and to study how much local users should pay for the rehabilitation.

The St. Mary's Reinvestment Act, being introduced by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., will authorize $52 million to rehabilitate the St. Mary's Diversion and Water Conveyance Works, part of Bureau of Reclamation's Milk River Project in north-central Montana, and require...

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