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Lower Yellowstone Irrigation District Releases Official Statement Regarding Injunction Ruling on Fish Passage Project


In Highest regards of Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Greg Gianforte, and Congressman Kevin Cramer’s continual efforts to protect U.S. citizens,

The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, Savage, Intake, Lower Yellowstone Montana, Lower Yellowstone North Dakota Irrigation Districts, and all the communities that are supported by the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, would like to express our Sincere Gratitude for Senator Daines, Senator Tester, Senator Heitkamp, Senator Hoeven, Congressman Gianforte, and Congressman Cramer for showing true Leadership by working with each other across state and party lines to encourage the Army Corp of Engineers to not cancel their contract to build the necessary fish bypass and fish friendly concrete weir. They signed a letter together strongly encouraging the federal agencies to work together and support and to protect the 108 year old federal diversion weir that delivers the absolutely necessary water to grow the crops in three counties and 2 states. These irrigated crops feed people and livestock in several surrounding states reliably even in these times of extreme drought. This funding is critical to the Agriculture supported economies and businesses in several states.

We appreciate their prompt actions and leadership that they have shown in meeting with and sending letters to numerous federal agencies, explaining the importance of this project to the economy and communities of the United States. Your ability to work with and gather active support from leaders of different states, agencies, and different political parties, is a sign of true Leadership. The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project and communities from two neighboring states support these Senators and Congressmen. They are in touch with the needs of the people they represent and their neighbors so well!

With Sincere Gratitude from the Savage, Intake, Lower Yellowstone Montana, Lower Yellowstone North Dakota Irrigation Districts,

James Brower

Project Manager

Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project


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