Judge Haults Intake Diversion Project
US District Judge Brian Morris ruled to halt construction of the $59 million irrigation diversion channel near Intake planned to start construction this month. Morris is asking the US Army Corp of Engineers to conduct more environmental studies before the project moves forward.
Environmental activist groups sued to have the project halted that was designed to help the endangered pallid sturgeon reproduce.
The decision to halt construction could also endanger federal funding for the project which could put the financial burden on the local irrigation farmers in eastern Montana.