06.24.21

Daines Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Support the St. Mary’s Milk River Project

U.S. SENATE — During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines stressed the importance of passing his bipartisan bill to support the St. Mary’s Milk River Project in north-central Montana.

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To watch Daines’ remarks, click HERE.

“Clean and reliable water is fundamental to human life. The Montana delegation has worked for over a decade to adjust the cost-share for the St. Mary’s Milk River project so that much needed reconstruction can take place. Any rural water package must ensure that folks on the Hi-Line get the help they need,” Daines said.  “This water system is over one hundred years old and has one of the worst cost-shares in the nation which is what led to the collapse of a drop structure last summer. It was a catastrophic failure and created huge problem for us, but we rallied together and were able to get a fix put in place here to repair by the end of the year. It was tough and if Congress doesn’t move quickly to pass my bill, we could find ourselves in the same situation again.”

In March, Senators Daines and Tester and Congressman Rosendale introduced the “St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act” to provide much needed funding to Montana water infrastructure.

In April, Daines and Tester urged the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to have a hold a hearing their “St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act” to make rehabilitating the St. Mary's Diversion Dam more affordable.

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 Contact: Katherine McKeogh, Katie Schoettler