Lakers seeks amendment to Water Rights Protection Act

With support from Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, the Flathead Lakers submitted a letter to state leaders requesting an amendment to the draft of the Montana Water Rights Protection Act that would provide the Tribes with authorization to use a portion of their Trust Fund to improve the treatment of wastewater throughout the reservation.

The letter asks a portion of the act be slightly amended to say the Tribes may “plan, design, construct, maintain, and replace community water distribution and wastewater treatment facilities including onsite septic systems on the reservation.” Language in the draft currently omits “including onsite septic systems.”

Read more from Kianna Gardner, Daily Interlake.