(Wyoming) — On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wyoming is liable for two years of 15 in reduced water available to Montana in the Tongue River. *
*State of Montana v. State of Wyoming
* covered what
Montana asserted was Wyoming’s failure to abide by terms of the 1950
Yellowstone River Compact with respect to waters of the Tongue River.
At a presentation in Sheridan last week, Pat Tyrrell, Wyoming State
Engineer, discussed the years-long conflict over the Tongue
between the two states.
In arguments over water usage on the Tongue for 15 individual years between
1981 and 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that Wyoming is liable to Montana in
In 2004, the Court says Wyoming is responsible for reducing the volume of
water available in the Tongue River at the state line by 1,300 acre-feet.
And in 2006, Wyoming is liable to Montana for a reduction at the state line
of 56 acre-feet.
In a statement released yesterday
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said, “Montana and Wyoming are neighbors
sharing the resource, and a defined path forward as to how that sharing
will occur is key to productivity on both sides of the border.”
Wyoming is not liable to Montana for water availability in 1981, 1987,
1988, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, according to the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court remanded the case to a special master for determination
of damages and of other appropriate relief.
*Pitchengine Communities photo*