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St. Mary Rehabilitation Project

On November 18, 2003, Lt. Governor Karl Ohs convened a meeting in Havre, Montana, to raise awareness of the urgent need to rehabilitate the aging St. Mary Facilities of the Milk River Project.  The meeting set in motion a process through which representatives from the State of Montana, Federal government, Tribal governments, and Milk River basin water users could work together to seek congressional authorization and funding to rehabilitate and modernize the system. The St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group was formed to provide input to the Governor’s office on an appropriate strategy for rehabilitating the diversion system.

About the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group

The St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group is made up of 16 volunteer members representing irrigation, Blackfeet Tribe, and Ft. Belknap Indian Community, municipalities, recreation/fisheries, economic development, and county government.The Working Group’s operational guidelines are spelled out in the group’s Process Agreement.

St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group
Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras and Marko Manoukian - Co-Chairs





Greg Jergeson


Chinook City Council

Jennifer Patrick


Milk River Joint Board of Control

Bob Nelson

Montana Walleyes Unlimited


Michael DesRosier

Glacier County Commissioner

Glacier County

Wade Jones


Malta Irrigation District / Milk River Joint Board of Control

Marko Manoukian

Phillips County Extension Service

Phillips County Economic Growth Council

Gerald Lunak

Wildland Fire Management-
Weed Implementation Leader

Blackfeet Tribe

Wes Pankratz


Glasgow District / Milk River Joint Board of Control

Dave Peterson

Public Works Director

Municipal Water Supply Havre, Chinook, Harlem

Dolores Plumage

Blaine County Commissioner

Blaine County

Kristal Fox

 FBIC Water Resources

Ft. Belknap Indian Community

Paul Tuss

Director, Bear Paw Development Corp

Economic Development

Robert Kompel

Director of Public Works

City of Glasgow

Ken Kiemele

Hill County Conservation District

Milk River Watershed Alliance


Contact Your Representative in Washington

St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group

Montana's efforts on the St. Mary Rehabilitation Project

Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
Water Resources Regional Office
222 Six Street South
P.O. Box 231
Glasgow, MT 59230-2424
Ph: 406-228-2561
Fax: 406-228-8706