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By Tim Leeds 

Senators push for action on St. Mary Diversion bill


Last updated 5/26/2022 at 11:38am

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Water rushes through the newly repaired drops at the end of the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance works in October 2020. Montana's congressional delegation continues to push for authorizing funds to fully repair and rebuild the diversion and conveyance works that supply much of the water that runs through the Milk River, likely almost all with drought continuing this year.

Montana's U.S. senators continue to push for funding for - and changes on how to fund - the system that provides much of the water in the Milk River each year, likely almost all of the water flowing in the river this year.

Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., both spoke during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Water and Power Wednesday on their St. Mary's Reinvestment Act, which will authorize $52 million to rehabilitate the St. Mary's Diversion Dam and require U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to use an ability-to-pay study on what water uses...

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