BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is objecting to plans by federal officials to alter water releases from a huge reservoir in central Montana in hopes of boosting populations of an ancient and endangered fish, pallid sturgeon.
Much of Montana is in drought, and the Republican governor says the proposal could deprive farmers of water during crucial summer months and flood them with too much water in the spring.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to alter water flows on a test basis along the Missouri River between Fort Peck and North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea.
More water would be released in the spring to attract fish to move upstream and spawn