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Water Rights

Big Horn Basin water rights review closes after 37 years

CASPER, Wyo. — After more than 37 years of ongoing water rights cases in the Big Horn River Basin, the case’s final decree was signed Friday.

September 06, 2014 5:07 pmLoading…
Rep. Keith Regier: Compact needs to be reasonable

Rep. Keith Regier: Compact needs to be reasonable

I read the letter to the editor in the Daily Inter Lake on July 11, “Lawsuits Will Sting if Tribal Water Compact Isn’t Approved.”

August 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming seeks dismissal of water dispute

The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office is seeking dismissal of an interstate water rights lawsuit pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing the state shouldn’t be held liable for what its attorneys call a “trickle” of water at the heart of the cross-border dispute.

April 13, 2014 10:24 amLoading…

Flathead tribes sue over reservation water rights

HELENA — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are asking a federal judge to block two state courts from deciding on water rights on the Flathead reservation.

March 12, 2014 2:11 pmLoading…

Montana-Wyoming water trial wraps up after 25 days

An initial decision is expected by mid-2014 in Montana’s bid to prove Wyoming took too much water from the Yellowstone River basin.

December 05, 2013 1:35 pmLoading…
Tribes may sue after lawmakers killed water-rights compact

Tribes may sue after lawmakers killed water-rights compact

HELENA — The Montana Legislature's failure to ratify a water-rights compact has left the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes no choice but to take legal action, a tribal spokesman said.

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Sheridan County plans to sell out of Lake De Smet

CASPER, Wyo. -- An agreement to sell Sheridan County's 45 percent ownership of Lake DeSmet water rights to Johnson County is contingent on the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approving a 99-year, $3 million water rights lease designed to protect fishing and recreation in the lake.

November 13, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Resource Department workers gather for a photograph

Resource Department workers gather for a photograph

Crow Tribe Water Resources Office workers gather for a photograph during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Reno Diversion headgate on the Little Bighorn River.

September 24, 2012 2:14 pmLoading…
Reno Diversion on the Little Bighorn River

Reno Diversion on the Little Bighorn River

Officials of the Crow Tribe gather for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Reno Diversion headgate on the Little Bighorn River.

September 24, 2012 2:15 pmLoading…
Officials of the Crow Tribe gather for a ground breaking ceremony

Officials of the Crow Tribe gather for a ground breaking ceremony

Officials of the Crow Tribe gather for a groundbreaking ceremony for the first project under a $461 million water settlement agreement.

September 24, 2012 2:15 pmLoading…
Cedric Black Eagle

Cedric Black Eagle

Black Eagle

September 24, 2012 2:14 pmLoading…

Water rights commission meeting Thursday in Lewistown

The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission and the Bureau of Land Management will hold a public meeting and negotiation sessions concerning the BLM's reserved water rights on the Judith River and Arrow Creek.

March 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Helena's water rights in dispute

HELENA — Helena will lose more than half of its drinking water supply from Tenmile Creek — the city’s main source of water — unless a water master’s decision is overturned.

January 22, 2012 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Tenmile Creek water rights for sale for $9.6 million

The Bates Land Co. out of Bozeman is marketing 1,212 acre-feet of water from Tenmile Creek for $9.6 million.

January 22, 2012 11:45 amLoading…
Cedric Black Eagle

Cedric Black Eagle

Black Eagle

March 03, 2011 4:10 pmLoading…
Crow land owners protest sale of water rights

Crow land owners protest sale of water rights

Members of the Crow tribe who own land on the reservation protest the possible sale of tribal water rights outside of the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse on Jan. 26, 2011.

January 26, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Montana-Wyoming water fight goes to Supreme Court

Attorneys from Montana and Wyoming squared off before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in a cross-border dispute over how they share the region's scarce water supplies.

January 10, 2011 6:45 amLoading…

DNRC to schedule hearing on water rights protections

HELENA - Several Montana ranchers and water users who petitioned the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation over a water rights issue were notified Monday that the matter will get a closer look.

February 04, 2010 6:45 amLoading…
Ranchers aim to protect water

Ranchers aim to protect water

ABSAROKEE — Polly Rex holds water rights dating back more than a century. But the Absarokee-area rancher wonders what they’ll be worth if the state doesn’t change its policy regarding new wells.

January 17, 2010 12:20 am Related

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Curbs on new wells sought

Ranchers in Montana on Tuesday asked a state agency to stop giving away water use rights for tens of thousands of new homes being built in areas once dominated by agriculture.

December 01, 2009 11:25 pmLoading…

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