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Jun 26, 2019

Tester ‘Disappointed’ Trump Administration Opposes St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act

Milk River Infrastructure Project will improve irrigation, save money for thousands of Montana producers

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester expressed his disappointment today after the Trump Administration announced its opposition to his bipartisan St. Mary's Reinvestment Act, which would boost critical investments in the Milk River Infrastructure Project that thousands of Montana farmers rely on for access to reliable irrigation water.

The St. Mary's Reinvestment Act, introduced by Tester along with Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte, would require the federal government to cover 75 percent of the costs for upgrades to the century-old water project. Currently, the federal government only funds 26 percent of the project, sticking local users with the rest of the tab.

"This bill is a responsible investment that'll help farmers and ranchers across the Hi-Line, without sticking local irrigators with an out-of-control bill," Tester said. "I'm disappointed the Trump Administration can't see that, but we'll keep working hard to secure these critical investments in Montana's water infrastructure."

The delegation's bill will cover 75 percent of the cost of upgrading and operating the Sherburne Dam and Reservoir, Swift Current Creek Dike, Lower St. Mary Lake, St. Mary Canal Diversion Dam, and the St. Mary Canal.

The Milk River Water Project provides water to 18,000 Montanans and irrigates enough cropland to feed one million people.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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