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April 21, 2017

Judge lifts hold on $59M Montana irrigation dam

  • The Army Corps issued a notice to its contractor to proceed, though it will likely be months before construction begins.
    Associated Press

    ELENA, Mont. — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday lifted his hold on a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage that U.S. officials say is the best hope to save an endangered ancient species of fish in the Yellowstone River.

    U.S. District Judge Brian Morris allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation to proceed with the $59 million project over arguments from wildlife and conservation groups that the new construction could make matters worse for the survival of the river's remaining pallid sturgeon.

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