As a Montana landowner, resident and irrigator, I want to urge our Montana legislators to support passage of the Montana water compact.
This agreement preserves current water rights and assures that those rights are transferable with sale or inheritance of the land. Montana law mandates that this compact be ratified or that individual water rights be litigated in court (a costly and time-consuming process for sure).
The litigation route is still open to those who wish to pursue it, while providing closure and certainty to other farmers and water users.
This agreement represents countless hours of thoughtful crafting and compromise and is a solid deal for all stakeholders. Let’s pass this through our Legislature and move it to the next step.