This shows Four Horns Lake on Oct. 14. The cofferdam is now gone, and the dirt work is 95 percent complete. It will be about 40 feet deep at the deepest spot in full pool. It is only 14 feet deep out there now, due to drought. “There is still some dirt work, seeding and cleanup to do a Four Horns Lake,” said Lyle Meeks. “With the drought year the reservoir is at or near an all time low. The old dam was so unsafe it was operated well below capacity. The new dam restores original capacity and then some, handy for fish protection and irrigation storage. Water will be 12 feet deeper than it has been. Depending on snowpack this reservoir may not reach peak storage until June of 2023 or longer.”

This article is intended to update the public on various water developments related to the Blackfeet Water Rights Compact and the 2016 Settlement Act, and other water-related matters. The Blackfeet Water Department consists of the Director and Tribal Engineer, assisted by the Tribal Legal Staff, the Tribal Water Rights Attorney and a contract attorney. The Water Department will hire additional technical staff as soon as workspace is available and has contracted via a competitive proposal process for construction of a new water office in the tribal office complex.

Topics highlighted in this article include:

•Status of Blackfeet Water Rights Compact

•Adjudication of Non-Member Water Rights

•Recreation and Fisheries

•Municipal Water

•Water Utility Management Changes

•EPA Violations

•Water Measurement Program and Water Code

•St. Mary Canal Work

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