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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

MT State Parks commits to adding water to Makoshika Park campground


By Jason Stuart

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Thirsty campers in Makoshika State Park may have access to cool, clear water in the not too distant future.

Montana State Parks has committed to running a water line out to the park’s campground, though full funding for the project is not yet available.

“We’re committed to the project based on finding the rest of the funding,” said Doug Habermann, Region 5 park manager. “We’ve committed $300,000 and we’re hoping to find a match for that.”

Habermann said state parks officials have “heard various figures” on estimates to complete the project.

“We’ve heard somewhere around $600,000, but we’re hoping we can get it for less than that,” he said.

With all the other projects currently underway or slated to begin soon at Makoshika, Habermann said “it’s really good timing” to begin working on the water line as well.

Specifically, he’s hopeful the state might be able to save on the project by tying in with the new Paramount Trail, as the water line would follow roughly the same course along the park road to the campground.

“We might be able to piggyback some costs and get two for one on that,” Habermann said.

As for finding the remaining funding, one avenue state parks officials are exploring is working in partnership with the City of Glendive.

“It’s going to be another challenging, complex partnership process, but we’re getting good at those,” Habermann said.

Mayor Jerry Jimison said he will be presenting the proposed project to the Finance, Utility, Property and Recreation committee at their next meeting.

“We are going to take that to the City Council, just to let them know the city has been asked to help extend the water line to the camp ground,” he said.

However, Jimison added no specific dollar amounts have been proposed and declined to speculate on how the city might contribute.

“That’ll be part of the regular annexation process,” he said. “The state right now has dedicated $300,000 and they think it might take more than that.” 

Currently, there is “no firm time period” for getting the water line project under way, though Habermann is hopeful it won’t take long.

“I would hope (to get started) next year, that’s just my hope,” he said.

While the City Council will first consider the issue at its July 30 committee meeting, Jimison shares Habermann’s sense of urgency.

“We’re hoping to get it done sooner rather than later,” he said.

Reach Jason Stuart at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

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