Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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CSKT Reserved Water Rights Compact

After a decade of planning and hearing remotely about something is “up” with the water, we are getting down to the line for real “action”. The public needs to respond to these meetings and voice their opinions and concerns. And their concerns are well founded with over 1000 pages of proposals comprising the (Consolidated Salish-Kootenai Tribes) CSKT Reserved Water Rights Compact finally ready for submission for public input and then vote by the upcoming MT state legislative session in Helena. If passed there it will go to the U.S. Congress where public input will receive greatly reduced attention.
The water rights of all citizens and businesses in 11 western Montana counties, west of the Continental Divide are involved. Federal, State and Tribal officials have been diligently working on this involving numerous high salaried lawyers and other professionals with monetary interests. If we value our water, our land values, our personal economic futures, and the economy of our counties and state, it would behoove us to become informed of what this proposed compact (contract/agreement) entails. Decisions now being made will determine the manner in which our water is to be regulated, managed, recorded and controlled and by WHOM. For more details please refer to the website shown below.
CSKT, U.S. governments complete proposed water rights compact
November 09, 2012 7:00 am • By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian

Public comments will be taken at a dozen meetings around western Montana beginning the week after Thanksgiving. The schedule:

Libby, City of Libby Ponderosa Meeting Room, 952 E. Spruce St., 7 p.m., Monday. Nov. 26

Bigfork, Bethany Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall basement, 8559 Montana Highway 35, 1 p.m., Tuesday. Nov. 27

Kalispell, Outlaw Inn Hotel Winchester Room, 1701 U.S. Highway 93 S., 7 p.m. Tuesday., Nov. 27

Polson, Kwa Taq Nuk Resort, 49708 U.S. Highway 93 E., 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28

Hot Springs, Salish Senior Center, 214 N. Spring St., 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28

Thompson Falls, Thompson Falls High School band room, 601 Golf St., 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28

Arlee, Arlee Senior Center, 106 Wessinger St., 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 29

Hamilton, Ravalli County Administrative Center third-floor conference room, 215 S. 4th St., 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29

Missoula, Double Tree Edgewater Blackfoot Room, 100 Madison, 7:30 p.m., Thursday., Nov. 29

Deer Lodge, Powell County Community Center, 416 Cottonwood Ave., 9 a.m., Tuesday., Dec. 4

Philipsburg, Granite County Museum, 135 Sansome St., 2 p.m., Tuesday., Dec. 4

Ovando, Ovando School Gym, 108 Birch St., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4

Pablo, (DATE AND LOCATION not yet provided)


The proposed settlement, plus a summary of it, can be viewed at either http://www.dnrc.mt.gov/rwrcc/Compacts/CSKT/Default.asp  http://www.cskt.org/tr/nrd_waternegotiations.htm