Alternative water compact emerges in the Flathead

Alternative water compact emerges in the Flathead

News Type: State, Federal Source: Missoulian
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Opponents of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact now say they have an alternative.

It aims to replace the existing agreement that quantifies the tribes’ water rights on and off the Flathead Indian Reservation, which narrowly passed the Montana Legislature in 2015 and now awaits federal and tribal ratification. Several of its provisions were hotly criticized, and a proposed replacement is now circulating.

During the first full week in November, some Flathead and Mission Valley newspapers carried an insert promoting a “People’s Compact” that it says “throws off the chains of a controversial, divisive, and failed effort by government to resolve the federal reserved water rights of the United States/CSKT.”