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Gianforte Secures Funding for St. Mary Canal Repairs

July 30, 2020
Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously approved an amendment from Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) to provide $25 million for repairs to Bureau of Reclamation canals, including St. Mary.

“The repairs of the St. Mary canal are critical for the communities and irrigators along the Hi-Line, and this funding is key to rebuilding and improving the canal,” Gianforte said. “There’s more to do to address Montana’s most critical infrastructure project. I’ll continue working to get the project the support it needs and shift the cost burden off the shoulders of local water users and to the federal government.”

This amendment accompanies the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Background:

This month, Gianforte wrote to the Department of Interior, readdressing the need to rapidly respond to the St. Mary’s River Project’s Drop 5 failure.

On May 18, 2020, Gianforte urged President Trump to act quickly to fix the Drop 5 failure of the St. Mary Canal.

On May 12, 2020, Gianforte urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to address the nation’s critical water needs in any infrastructure package.

In March 2020, the St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Working Group and the Milk River Joint Board thanked Gianforte for his support and his efforts to have the St. Mary Diversion Dam rehabilitated.

In February 2020, Gianforte testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee about including the St. Mary Diversion Dam in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.

In May 2019, Gianforte introduced the bipartisan St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act to ensure that the federal government picks up 75 percent of the costs for upgrades to the Milk River Project.

In April 2018, Gianforte wrote to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in support of the Milk River Project Joint Board of Control’s grant proposal to replace Drop 2.

At an April 2018 congressional hearing, Gianforte secured a commitment from Dr. Timothy Petty, Assistant Interior Secretary, that he will work to ensure a cost share agreement with Montana is reached to rehabilitate the St. Mary Diversion Dam and Conveyance Works.

In March 2018, Gianforte asked House appropriations leaders to fund work on the St. Mary system.