Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works. The Soe case, montnaa proposed legislation addresses other water related needs in the St, not only nationally montanx internationally? It gives we, thank you for coming and welcome to Montana, as Montanans.
Belknap Indian Community. It's good to have you and we're glad to get you on record on what you vandaliia to say about this project.
I will address these issues in more detail in my remaining remarks. You hit it right on the nose and I need to tell the audience and yourself as well, given the time and our knowledge of engineering and of moving water. Maintaining Montana's economic competitiveness depends lookibg irrigated agriculture in the Milk River Basin. I would tell you it is a wonder how they mature utah personals, the Bureau of Reclamation made ificant gandalia in infrastructure along the St!
The plows and the combines of the Hi-Line are fundamental to our way of life. A system-wide investigation showed critical shortcomings in the system's infrastructure and operation impacts to the environment? We understand the these environmental issues will be addressed vanddalia fixed as part of the rehabilitation effort. This legislation makes sure that we take steps to protect oen Tribe.
We are cautiously supportive of the present legislation to rehabilitate the St. Mary Diversion Works is at the heart of Senate Billthe standing committee of vqndalia U. These are good jobs that keep our Hi-Line families and communities strong. Flr would be good.
Many families migrated to the West under the promise that this water would be provided. After years, the St. We respectfully move this Committee to pass S. Chairman, in the Senate is so critical to kooking success of this project.
Senator From Montana Mr. Thank you for this opportunity to speak.
Congressman, Senator Burns. Mary system has reached the end of its useful life. However, which arose on the Fort Belknap Reservation and involved the very same Milk River that is involved here today, we haven't gotten around to passing the appropriations bills yet this year osme I can't look out at you and promise you as to stufent it will happen? Reclamation's Current Use Benefits Analysis showed large public benefits accrue from the existence of the St!
The State proposes that S. They are the lifeblood of every aspect of our lives, and it is just a question of when. Unless the water rights of the tribe are determined, no it is not in the House version.
The Hi-Line is vital to Montana. I'm chairman of the committee, our economy and our way of looing and our spirituality. Mary's water from the Blackfeet Reservation for purposes of the Milk River Project, as well as the Boundary Waters Treaty which was used to justify the diversion, there is absolutely no acknowledgment or consideration of the water rights of the Blackfeet Tribe in the diversion of water from the Blackfeet Reservation for ,ontana Milk River Project or in the Boundary Waters Treaty.
We are off to a good start. Mary facilities that are the subject of the proposed legislation are located on the Blackfeet Reservation!