Wyoming liable for two years of reduced water in the Tongue, Supreme Court says

(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 two instances. 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 decision. The Supreme Court remanded the case to a special master for determination of damages and of other appropriate relief. *Pitchengine Communities photo* #dally #news