FROM THE DNRC WEBSITE: 

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT or Tribes), the State of Montana, and the United States (collectively the Parties) have been working for several years to develop a water rights settlement that will quantify the water rights of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes on and off the Flathead Indian Reservation (Reservation) and provide for the administration of water rights on the Reservation. On November 8, 2012 the Parties released a proposed Water Rights Compact (the Compact).  The Parties also released a proposed Unitary Administrative and Management Ordinance (the Ordinance or Law of Administration) with minor changes based on public comments.  The Parties are seeking public comment on both documents.  The current documents are listed below under the November 8, 2012 heading.

Next Steps

  • The Parties have scheduled public meetings to explain the proposed Compact and Ordinance, answer questions, and take public comment.  See schedule.
  • The Parties will consider revisions based on the public comment.
  • The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission will meet on December 19, 2012 to decide whether to submit the Compact to the Legislature for approval.
  • The final Compact and Ordinance would be submitted to the 2013 session of the Montana Legislature for ratification through the enactment of State legislation.
  • Both the US Congress and the Tribes would need to approve the settlement.
  • After the three Parties act to approve the settlement, it would be submitted to the Water Court for final approval.

If you have questions regarding the documents, or the negotiations more broadly, please email us.

Submit written comments on the proposed Compact or Ordinance to Mr. Chris Tweeten, Chair, MT RWRCC, 2705 Spurgin Road, Building C, Missoula, MT  59804 or dnrcwrcc@mt.gov.  Comments will be shared with all parties.

CSKT Compact Negotiations – Public Information Meeting

Proposed CSKT-MT Water Compact

  • Monday, November 26, 2012
  • Libby
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • City of Libby – Ponderosa Meeting Room
  • 952 East Spruce St.
  • Libby, MT 59923

 Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Bigfork
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Bethany Lutheran Church – Fellowship Hall (Basement)
  • 8559 MT Hwy 35
  • Bigfork, MT 59911

 Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Kalispell
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Outlaw Inn Hotel – Winchester Room
  • 1701 US HWY 93 South
  • Kalispell, MT  59901

 Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Polson
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Kwa TaqNuk Resort
  • 49708 US HWY 93 East
  • Polson, MT  59855

 Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Hot Springs
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Salish Senior Center
  • 214 N. Spring Street
  • Hot Springs, MT  59845

 Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Thompson Falls
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Thompson Falls High School – Band Room
  • 601 Golf Street
  • Thompson Falls, MT  59873

 Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Arlee
  • 10:00 am
  • Arlee Senior Center
  • 106 Wessinger Street
  • Arlee, MT  59821

 Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Hamilton
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Ravalli County Administrative Center
  • Third Floor Conference Room
  • 215 South 4th Street
  • Hamilton, MT  59840

 Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Missoula
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Double Tree Edgewater
  • 100 Madison
  • Missoula, MT  59802

 Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Deer Lodge
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Powell County Community Center
  • 416 Cottonwood Avenue
  • Deer Lodge, MT  59722

 Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Philipsburg
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Granite County Museum
  • 135 N. Sansome Street
  • Philipsburg, MT  59858

 Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Ovando
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Ovando School Gym
  • 108 Birch St.
  • Ovando, MT  59854

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