High Court Rejects Mont. Challenge To Wyo. Water Use

Law360, New York (May 2, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Wyoming did not breach an interstate water compact it signed with Montana in the 1950s by refusing to slow its consumption of water from two Yellowstone River tributaries.

In a 7-1 decision, the high court overruled Montana's exception to a special master's conclusion that its objections to Wyoming's switch to more efficient irrigation failed to state a claim, agreeing that more efficient irrigation systems are permissible under the compact so long as the conserved water is used to irrigate...
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