This blog is supported by CONCERNED CITIZENS OF WESTERN MONTANA, water users of every sort, living within, and outside of Flathead Reservation Boundaries. We are a volunteer grassroots organization, and are not funded with grants, tax dollars, or foundation monies. Our efforts thus far have demonstrated that the hard work of dedicated citizens can make a difference.
A proposed compact related to the reserved Water Rights for the Flathead Indian Reservation has been available to the public since February 2013. This compact resulted from more than a decade of negotiations, and the current proposed compact failed in the 2013 Montana legislature for reasons you will find in the pages of this blog.
Our efforts focus on providing the public with accurate and factual information about the water compact using the details of the documents themselves.
In addition to informing western Montanans about this issue, our goal is to continue to build a large grass roots movement of interested parties within and outside of the Flathead Reservation in the eleven counties affected.
We believe that good alternatives exist to this very bad document, up to and including adjudication, and that citizens must challenge all important and egregious aspects of the compact as it’s currently written. Our legislators must ensure that any final compact reflects an equitable agreement that addresses the water needs of the CSKT as well as the 360,000 non Indians residing throughout western Montana, taking future generations of Montanans into consideration.
Please join us in our efforts to engage and inform the public, and to get involved at the legislative level by contacting us using the CONTACT link at the top of this page. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated.