After decades of concerns and warnings, concrete drop structure # 5 along the Milk River Project on St. Mary’s canal failed on May 17th, 2020. Drop 5 is the last concrete drop along the 29 mile St. Mary canal that uses gravity and siphons to deliver water to the Milk River, critical for providing water to hundreds of thousands of irrigated acres, municipalities, recreationists, wildlife, etc. Below are several newspaper articles, press releases and radio interviews regarding the failure. For more information on the Milk River Project, please look around our website, as well as Montana DNRC’s website http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/water/management/st-mary-rehabilitation-project.
Milk River Watershed Alliance Chairman, Jeff Pattison, discusses the failure on Voices of Montana Talk Radio Show: https://www.northernag.net/irrigation-infrastructure-in-northern-montana-failing/