Montana

February 22, 2015--Montanans fight to last drop over precious water rights (WND)

The American West’s history of conflict between Indians and settlers apparently isn’t over, as tribes in Montana are demanding title to water rights and lands that long have been privately owned. The landowners, some of whom have had the land in their families for generations, fear they could end up with nothing, and they are fighting back.


November 28, 2014--In Wyoming, governor doesn't want to let water leave state (Billings Gazette)

Every spring, John Joyce watches as thousands of gallons of water in the Nowood River rush by his ranch in northern Wyoming. It’s water that eventually moves into the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi rivers before dumping into the Gulf of Mexico.


February 29, 2012--U.S. Supreme Court rules against Montana in riverbed case (Environmental News Service)

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously overturned a Montana State Supreme Court decision requiring the electric utility PPL Montana to pay millions in rent for the use of riverbeds under portions of three rivers in Montana - the Missouri, Madison, and Clark Fork Rivers.


May 8, 2011--La Nina rules the West: Record snow year brings wild mixture of flood risk, drought and fire (Washington Post)

The winter and early spring have been extreme across the West, with record snowpacks bringing joy to skiers and urban water managers but severe flood risks to northern Utah, Wyoming and Montana. And despite all the wet weather in the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, parts of eastern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are in severe drought and gearing up for what is forecast as a bad fire season.


May 2, 2011--Court sides with Wyo. in water dispute with Mont. (Denver Post)

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Wyoming farmers Monday in a water lawsuit that claimed they were taking too much water from a river system shared with neighboring Montana. The high court struck down one of four claims made by Montana in a 2007 complaint that said Wyoming was violating a 1950 agreement by depleting water from the Tongue and Powder rivers.

November 1, 2010--Supreme Court asks Obama admin to weigh in on riverbed dispute (New York Times)

The Supreme Court asked for the Obama administration's views today on whether the Montana Supreme Court correctly ruled that a power company must pay rent for the use of riverbeds where its hydroelectric dams are located. The decision to ask for the federal government to weigh in on the case indicates the court has a keen interest in the issues and is more likely than not to eventually dec


August 20, 2010--Mont. homebuilders win battle in long-running well war (New York Times)

Montana regulators acknowledged this week that homebuilders are using permit-exempt wells to bypass laws intended to protect water supplies in arid areas, but they nonetheless rejected a bid to close what critics call a loophole to undermine ranchers' water rights. While the state environmental agency pledged to revisit the law next year, petitioners whose challenge was rejected expressed


May 20, 2010--Report finds Rockies farmland is dwindling (Durango Herald)

Wyoming lost nearly 12 percent of its farmland from 2002 to 2007, the highest rate in the Rocky Mountain region, according to Colorado College's 2010 State of the Rockies Report Card. Colorado and Montana were the only two western states to buck the trend of declining farmland. Montana's farmland grew by 3 percent and Colorado's grew by slighlty less.


April 8, 2010--2 more glaciers gone from Glacier National Park (Denver Post)

Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday.


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