Tester Secures $185,000 for Water System Improvements in Sweet Grass County

Funding provided by the Water Resources Development Act to bolster water infrastructure along Swamp Creek, Big Timber Creek, and Sweet Grass Creek

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that the Sweet Grass County Conservation District-working in partnership with Sweet Grass County Commission, the County Public Works Department and the County Floodplain Administrator-will receive $185,000 in Water Resource Development Act funds for the protection and rehabilitation of vital public infrastructure and agricultural lands along Swamp Creek, Big Timber Creek and Sweet Grass Creek in Sweet Grass County.

“Clean water is critical to ensuring that Montana’s agriculture and outdoor recreation economies remain vibrant for years to come,” said Tester. “I’m proud to have secured this investment in Sweet Grass County’s water quality for farmers, families, and for all the folks who enjoy our great outdoors.”

The Sweet Grass County Conservation District will receive the Water Resources Development Act funding to provide floodplain enhancement and improved functionality, as well as maintain and improve water quality and riparian health by reducing erosion with overall goal of restoring and protecting water resources.

Tester has worked diligently to maintain Montana’s water quality and to provide vital public infrastructure projects with the funding needed to stay up-to-date. He recently secured $7 million for Hardin to make improvements to their wastewater system, and $335,000 for Wolf Point and $533,000 for Scobey to update outdated water mains. He secured nearly $3 million for Whitehall, Whitefish, Cascade County, Seeley Lake, Sanders County, and Toole County. Additionally, he secured an additional $2 million to make upgrades to Geraldine’s water system.