$8 Million Project Underway to Repair St. Mary Canal Collapse

$8 Million Project Underway to Repair St. Mary Canal Collapse

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Montana Free Press
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HAVRE — If ever there was a summer when hundreds of Montana’s Hi-Line farmers could use rain, it’s this one.

An $8 million infrastructure failure on the St. Mary Canal last month will restrict approximately 800 irrigators who work about 150,000 acres from Havre to Glasgow to about half the water they normally use during a season.

The St. Mary Canal was built approximately 100 years ago to feed water from lakes Sherburne and St. Mary into the Milk River and make it possible for ag producers in arid central and eastern Montana to pull water and make a living. The Milk River Project is among the oldest of the Bureau of Reclamation’s infrastructures.