06.25.20

Daines Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan Bill to Restore St. Mary River Project

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging quick consideration and passage of his bipartisan St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act which would help to repair the St. Mary Canal and Conveyance Works system.

“The St. Mary Milk River project has been coined the life-line of the Hi-Line, supplying up to 90% of water for the Milk River Basin during a dry year and providing food for over one million people,” Daines wrote. “Reliable water infrastructure is critical for rural economies, recreation, wildlife habitat, and irrigation. I ask for your help in securing quick consideration and passage of this important Montana priority.”

To read the full letter, click HERE.

Earlier this month, Daines sent a letter to the Department of the Interior’s Secretary Bernhardt urging him to closely monitor the St. Mary’s Drop 2 and Drop 5 reconstruction projects and minimize the burden imposed on water users.

Senator Daines also sent a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation, urging Commissioner Burman to determine the catastrophic failure of the drop structure warranted a determination of Extraordinary Operations and Maintenance Work.

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