Montana Farmers Union stands with the Agriculture Coalition in supporting the CSKT Water Compact that was passed in 2015 the Montana Legislature and is now in the hands of the U.S. Congress to ratify. Agriculture faces uncertainty in many areas including low commodity prices and weather that threatens adequate water supply. Water is our state’s most valuable resource and the CSKT protects this resource in many ways.
First and foremost the CSKT Water Compact removes the threat of litigation Montana water users face. Secondly the CSKT Water Compact will provide certainty for water usage on the Flathead Reservation that water rights will be in-line with the state’s water rights.
Montana’s cities will have reassurance that their water supply will adequately support their infrastructure. In addition, we must consider the effects on Montana’s tourism industry which depends on the viability and recreation opportunities of our lakes, rivers and streams. Finally, access to financing and capital could be at risk if the CSKT Water Compact is not ratified. This could hurt beginning and next generation farmers. Bottom line is that the CSKT is the only viable compact that can address these water rights claims. We urge you to contact your senators and congressman and tell them to ratify the CSKT Water Compact today!
Alan Merrill - President, Montana Farmers Union
On behalf of the MFU Policy Committee