Month: February 2015

Compact opponents’ case is “Going to Pieces”

by Dr. Ed Berry “Going to Pieces” Author Elaine Willman wrote a letter yesterday. Clarice forwarded Willman’s letter. Kirk MacKenzie from California forwarded Clarice’s forward. That’s the Tea-Party at work. Willmans letter proves Compact opponents are driven by their conspiracy theories, not facts. Further, Willman’s case against the Compact is so pathetic it should be …

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CSKT Water Compact passes Senate, heads to House

The Montana State Senate voted to pass the CSKT Water Compact (SB 262) by a vote of 31-19. The vote comes after the extensive educational efforts of bill sponsor and former Water Policy Interim Committee Chairman, Senator Chas Vincent who provided legislators with not only copies of the bill, but summaries, guides, and other materials …

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Your vote on the Water Compact will define you, forever

by Dr. Ed Berry Montana legislators, you have met your “Robert Frost” moment. Your vote on the CSKT Water Compact will choose the road you will live with the rest of your life. Montana Republican legislators are split as never before. Emotions are ballistic. The sides are clearly defined and I can make some predictions. The …

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Senate Judiciary Passes CSKT Water Compact with Strong Bipartisan Support

(Helena, Mont.)—This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 262, the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Water Compact, with strong bipartisan support in a 8-4 vote in favor of the Compact. The bill passage comes after extensive education efforts undertaken by bill sponsor Senator Chas Vincent on the benefits that passing the Compact will have for …

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Montana Hearing on the CSKT Water Compact

COMPLETE VIDEO of HEARING on the WATER COMPACT SENATE 64th LEGISLATURE – REGULAR SESSION COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY Chairman Scott Sales calls session to Order on February 16, 2015 at 8:00 A.M., in Room 303 Capitol. 0:00:00 – Call to Order/Roll Call 0:01:30 – Implement CSKT water rights settlement – Chas Vincent 0:02:03 – Opening statement by …

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Summary of Proposed CSKT Water Compact

The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission published the following summary here on January 8, 2015. NO Compact opponent has identified any conflict between this summary and the complete Compact. Therefore, you may read this Summary for accurate information about the proposed Compact and save yourself a ton of time. I removed from the original the completed Next Steps. – …

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Litigation Process if Montana rejects Compact

by Colleen Coyle, former Senior Water Master, Montana Water Court On December 10, 2014, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission (RWRCC), and the United States reached agreement on a revised compact for CSKT reserved water rights. With approval by the RWRCC, the revised compact will be introduced …

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Governor Bullock, Attorney General Fox, Agriculture Groups & Water Users support Compact

Governor Bullock, Attorney General Fox, Agriculture Groups & Water Users Support Compact (Helena, Mont.)—This morning the first legislative hearing on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact, a bipartisan agreement to define tribal water rights and protect Montana water users, was held in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where farmers, ranchers, and irrigators from across …

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Why Senator Verdell Jackson is wrong about the CSKT Water Compact

by Dr. Ed Berry Senator Verdell Jackson claimed, in his public letter in the Daily Inter Lake (February 6, 2015, page A4) that the Montana CSKT Water Compact is similar to the situation in Idaho. He wrote: In Idaho, a similar situation occurred where the federal government filed 6,000 claims on behalf of the Nez …

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Farmers and Ranchers for Montana support CSKT Water Compact

by Farmers and Ranchers for Montana (Helena, Mont.)—Tom Beck, the former State Senate President and a Republican rancher from the Deer Lodge area, has joined Farmers And Ranchers for Montana (FARM) as a co-chair to support the CSKT Water Compact and help educate Montanans about the benefits of the Compact. By joining FARM, Beck is …

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Future of Montana agriculture depends on CSKT water compact

by Farmers and Ranchers for Montana Farmers and ranchers depend on our water to irrigate our crops, to water our livestock, to care for our families, and to run our businesses. Water doesn’t just play a pivotal role in our everyday lives, it is central to our ability to exist and maintain our livelihoods. The …

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Official Opinion of Attorney General Tim Fox on CSKT Water Compact

On January 30, 2015, Dale Schowengerdt, State Solicitor, presented the official opinion of Attorney General Tim Fox on the Constitutionality of the CSKT Water Compact. 1.      The CSKT Water Compact does not take anyone’s water rights. Brief Answer: It is very unlikely that a court would consider the Compact to be a taking under the …

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