Fox Urges Congress to Ratify CSKT Water Compact
Attorney General Tim Fox is urging Congress to ratify the water compact between the state of Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation.
“President Trump’s administration is backing the CSKT water compact and there is bipartisan support from Montana’s congressional delegation, so it’s time to get this done. I am grateful to Senators Daines and Tester for their support of the compact passed by the 2015 Montana Legislature. I call upon Congress to ratify it as soon as possible.”
The CSKT water compact passed Montana’s legislature after more than 20 years of analysis, input, and negotiations among stakeholders throughout the state.
“I did not support the compact as written in 2013 because it did not provide sufficient protections and certainty for water rights holders,” Fox added. “My staff and I worked with all parties to bring key changes, and as a result, in 2015 the compact passed with bipartisan support.”