- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have completed negotiations with federal and state officials on a new water rights compact for the northwestern Montana tribes.

A draft of the 69-page document was released Thursday for public review.

The compact quantifies and clarifies how much water the northwest Montana tribes get for fisheries and other uses, and how much farmers and ranchers get for irrigation.

It needs approvals from the state Legislature, Congress and the tribes.

A prior agreement was rejected by lawmakers in 2013 after irrigators complained they were going to lose water.

Meetings to take comment on the revised compact are scheduled for Friday in Ronan, Saturday in Kalispell and Monday in Helena.

The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission is scheduled to take action on the agreement following the meeting in Helena.

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CSKT Water Compact:

https://www.dnrc.mt.gov/rwrcc/Compacts/CSKT/2015/2015-1-7_compact_public_review_draft.pdf


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