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Water Compact Passes Senate, Moves To House

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The Flathead water compact moves to the House, after passing a final Senate vote on Thursday.

The compact would bring the tribe, State of Montana and federal government into agreement on water rights; how much the tribe should be compensated and how much water irrigators would get.

A controversial bill even among irrigators, some say they are relieved to see the bill continue on, while others say the will continue to fight against it.

“The compact keeps our water rights whole, it keeps our property rights whole, it keeps our community whole and I think that's really important,” said Susan Lake of Lake Farms.

“Well, it's going to go to the House and we'll go to the House and argue against it, too, and you know, right now with the legislative process, we have to let the legislative process work,” said Commissioner Tim Orr, Flathead Joint Board of Control.

Experts say even if the bill passes all of the necessary votes, including through Congress, it could be several years before it is put into action.

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