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.
Our efforts focus on providing the public with accurate and factual information about the Flathead 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.
As you will see on the pages of this blog, the proposed compact squandered a perfectly good opportunity to provide for an equitable agreement that addressed the water needs of the CSKT and the 360,000 citizens living in western Montana, leaving us all with a very uncertain future.
A recent report of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation states that less than 2% of the water supply in western Montana is consumptively used. If that is true, there is no reason that irrigators should have to suffer a 40-70 % reduction in their water deliveries. Simply put NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LOSE A DROP OF WATER, yet if the compact is ratified, our agricultural economy will be decimated.
The devil truly is in the details. This compact was never about water, it’s always been about awarding the most money and control possible to an unaccountable tribal corporation. And Montana has been more than happy to comply with those demands.
Please join us in our efforts to engage and inform the public, and to get involved by contacting us using the CONTACT link at the top of this page.
Your participation and support are greatly appreciated.