The Milk River Project in north-central Montana could get more funding from the federal government.
Democratic US Senator Jon Tester introduced legislation this week. It would ensure the federal government picks up 75 percent of the tab for the project.
Currently, their portion is 26 percent.
The bill is known as the St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act, and it was drafted after Tester spoke with the St. Mary’s Working Group this week.
The project is estimated to cost just under $42 million and provide water to 18,000 Montanans.
It would irrigate enough crop land to feed a million people.