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Intake Diversion Dam Hearing Set For April 5

Buses Leave Sidney at 5:30 a.m.


The hearing to dissolve the injunction stopping the fish bypass and diversion dam at Intake has been set for Wednesday, April 5 in Great Falls.

Richland Economic Development is coordinating buses and food for those wishing to attend the hearing. Please call them at 406-482-4679 to reserve your seat, or to let them know that you will be driving on your own. It is critical that RED get a head count since the judge will need to know how many people are there in support of LYIP.

Buses will leave promptly at 5:30 am from the MSU – EARC building north of Sidney. Please park in the back two rows of the parking lot.

Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project manager James Brower urges the community to show its support at the hearing stating, “It’s very important that all aspects of the community come and show their concern.”

The injunction has to be removed by April 15 so the Army Corps of Engineers can issue a Notice to Proceed or all federal funding will be lost. LYIP will still be required to provide fish passage or stop diverting irrigation water from the Yellowstone River.

In order for the injunction to remain in place, it should not harm the public. Local people are needed to attend the hearing to show concern for the adverse impact on our local communities if the funding expires.

Those attending the hearing cannot wear their yellow t-shirts, but must be dressed respectfully for court. A valid ID will be necessary to pass through screening.

The hearing takes place at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, April 5 at the Missouri River Federal Courthouse, 125 Central Avenue W. Great Falls, MT.


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