Jun 29 2012
The comment period for a new Flathead Indian Irrigation Project deal between local tribes and other water users will be extended to July 16 after an initial hearing generated both disagreements and the need for additional education about the terms of the agreement.
The basic draft involved an irrigation project set of terms involving the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the Flathead Joint Board of Control. When the negotiation effort ended on May 31, one of the key elements was reported to be the amount of water available for non-tribal irrigators. That left to concern among irrigators about just how much money would be available.
One person at one of the public meeting said that “irrigators don’t want to be de-prioritized.”
The deal is available on line, but the terms may not be well understood.
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