St. Mary’s System Receives Funding Injection from Infrastructure Bill

By Josh Margolis

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The office of U.S. Senator Jon Tester has announced the second round of funding for the St. Mary’s Diversion Dam and Headworks through the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

After the Bureau of Reclamation received $2.5 million recently for planning and project design, they are now in line to receive another $85 million for the project for their 2023 fiscal year, which begins this October.

Marko Manoukian, Co-Chair of the St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Working Group, says this should ensure the project to rehabilitate the Diversion Dam will remain on schedule.

“It makes it sure that we’re going to have cash on hand come the start of ’23 to move forward with anything that’s left, like design, and then trying to put together construction opportunities for bids and all that kind of stuff. It makes sure that we’ll keep moving forward.”

Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed last year included up to $100 million for the St. Mary’s System. Manoukian says the remaining funds will be provided at a later date.

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