Gianforte Urges Army Corp of Engineers to take Action on Lower Yellowstone Intake Project
Congressman Greg Gianforte today is urging the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with work on the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project.
“For 110 years, the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project has provided a dependable supply of water to over 58,000 acres of family farms in Montana and North Dakota. It has also created over 10,000 acres of wildlife habitat,” Gianforte said from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I urge the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with the work on the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project. The completion of this project is urgent to protect species habitat and agriculture activities in Montana,” Gianforte said.
Gianforte went on to talk about how Congress, to protect the endangered pallid sturgeon, had funded a bypass channel so the fish could circumvent the diversion. The proposed construction would also protect regional groundwater, the environment, and agricultural communities.
A U.S. District Judge blocked the project this summer, because, as he claims, it does not do enough for sturgeon. The judges ruling to halted the construction and Gianforte points out does nothing to help the sturgeon.