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Bush administration opposes Rocky Boy Reservation water project

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The Bush administration announced April 24 that it was opposed to spending $200 million on a water project for the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana.

John Keyes, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, said the project was "premature" in testimony before Congress. The project was promised to the tribe and the supporting legislation was introduced two years ago by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R.-Mont. Communities along the proposed route of the waterline also support the project.

Rehberg has said the administration is not helping Montana meet the strict drinking water standard set down by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"I don't know if you've seen this water, but they have competition up there over who has the worst water," Rehberg said in a statement to the Associated Press.