Solicitor General: Montana Water Lawsuit Should Proceed
Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Solicitor General recommends that
the U.S. Supreme Court deny the state of Wyoming's request to shoot down a lawsuit in which the state of Montana says it's not getting enough water from two rivers that flow north across the state line.
U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement told the Supreme Court last week that it should allow Montana to proceed with its suit.
Montana claims Wyoming uses too much water from the Tongue and Powder Rivers.
A 1950 agreement among Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota spells out how water from the rivers is supposed to be divided. Montana
claims that increased use of ground water and construction of reservoirs in Wyoming has prevented Montana from receiving its fair share.