Yellowstone River Basin
An initial decision is expected by mid-2014 in Montana’s bid to prove Wyoming took too much water from the Yellowstone River basin.
Heavy equipment is used Tuesday to remove a weir designed to force water into the intake for the Laurel water plant.
A major project to plan for future water needs in the Yellowstone River Basin will kick off in Billings on Monday.
Even with a 3 percentage-point dip in snowpack across Montana during February, stream flows this spring and summer won’t be too far from average.
Early mountain snowmelt across most of Montana and Wyoming is likely to translate into slightly below-average stream flows this summer.