Thirsty users vie for Butte’s Silver Lake water

News Type: State Source: Montana Standard
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There are few things more western than drinking whiskey or fighting over water.

More than one group has its eye on the right to use the water in Silver Lake, about 40 miles west of Butte. Although Butte’s water rights, which include the Silver Lake system, are about as clear as mud, it appears that there is enough water for everyone at this stage.

Bryan Gartland, the state water bureau’s water resource manager, says Butte is “very fortunate” because it has a lot of water to work with.