The Roundup -

Irrigation Project Threatened Again

Buses leave promptly at 5:30 a.m. Monday, June 19th for Great Falls Hearing


Once again, our farmers and communities are threatened by the Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a brief filed with District Court, those plaintiffs are not only asking for another injunction against the construction of the concrete weir and fish bypass, they are also asking that the entire dam be removed from the Yellowstone River, in order to protect the pallid sturgeon.

The plaintiffs are not only directly contesting the previous NEPA and ESA analysis of the bypass project, but the very existence of the diversion, and its operation and maintenance as it has existed for more than a century.

The project protects and enhances our drinking water, provides a stable tax base, creates business and employment opportunities all along the valley and far beyond. The current system of water delivery is the most environmentally sound, cost effective option. The proposal by the plaintiffs for pumps along an open river is cost prohibitive and an environmental disaster.

Everyone is busy at this time of the year. However, continued strong support of the irrigation project is critical. Mass attendance at the hearing in Great Falls on Monday, June 19th will continue to show the judge that irrigation, and the new weir and fish bypass are essential to our farmers and our communities.

Buses will start loading at 5 a.m. and leave from the MSU-EARC building north of Sidney promptly at 5:30 a.m. Beverages and food will be provided. Please contact Richland Economic Development at 406-482-4679 to reserve your space.

Anyone wishing to drive to Great Falls and attend the hearing at 1:30 p.m. is also encouraged to do so.


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