Current and Proposed Projects

The final water compact and settlement act allocates $471 million in federal funding for important improvements to watersheds, as well as jobs and benefits for members of the Blackfeet Nation. The projects in the settlement focus on improved water usage on the Reservation for community water supplies, irrigation, fisheries, recreational lakes, energy projects, resolution of environmental issues and other water related uses in the areas shown below on the map.

CURRENT PROJECTS UNDERWAY

FOUR HORNS DAM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Establishing improvements using Safety of Dams funds acquired through the Birch Creek Agreement.

HEART BUTTE MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM PROJECT

Partnering with outside agencies and departments on a number of projects including the construction of a new convenience store.

BLACKFEET IRRIGATION SYSTEM PROJECT

Rehabilitating the Blackfeet irrigation system, which will assist in capturing waters for Tribal use.

FUTURE PROJECTS

COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEMS

Community water systems will be improved and/or constructed to provide adequate drinking water for all Reservation communities.

NEW IRRIGATION PROJECTS

New irrigation projects, including additional storage, in the St. Mary, Milk River, Cut Bank Creek and Birch Creek areas and potentially other areas.

IRRIGATION IMPROVEMENTS

Improvements will be made to the Blackfeet Irrigation Project, including deferred maintenance, on-farm improvements and improvements at Four Horns Reservoir.

FOUR HORNS PIPELINE

A pipeline will be built to provide water to Birch Creek water users under the Birch Creek Agreement and then provide water to the tribe for its own use or to market others.

RECREATIONAL LAKE IMPROVEMENTS

Improvements will be made to recreational lakes throughout the Reservation to improve access and to provide facilities and other improvements.

SWIFTCURRENT PROJECT

Changes and improvements will be made to address environmental concerns relating to use of Swiftcurrent Creek and St. Mary Lake by the Bureau of Reclamation Milk River Project.

LAND AND WATER ACQUISITION

Acquisition of Reservation fee lands with a focus on those with state water rights.

FISHERY DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT

Projects to improve fisheries throughout the Reservation will be implemented.

WATER RELATED ENERGY ISSUES

Funds can be used for water related energy issues.