Montana says court should determine Tongue River water storage rights in dispute with Wyoming


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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The state of Montana is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a legal dispute with Wyoming over water on the Tongue River.

Montana sued Wyoming in 2007, claiming Wyoming had shorted water deliveries for decades.

A special master presiding over the case recommended in December the court find Wyoming only shorted Montana in two recent years.

Wyoming on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to adopt the special master's report and rule the case should end once Wyoming pays Montana about $36,000 for the under-deliveries.

Montana on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to allow further legal action.

Montana wants the court to order the special master to decide how much water Montana may store in the Tongue River Reservoir before Wyoming landowners with post-1950 water rights may irrigate their lands.

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