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Central Montana District
Release Date: 04/10/13
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt    

BLM Issues Decision on Buffalo Wallow Reservoir Project

Lewistown, MT----The Bureau of Land Management today issued a decision to breach the Buffalo Wallow Reservoir located approximately 5 miles southeast of the intersection of Musselshell and Wilder Trails in the Missouri Breaks.

In its current state the reservoir poses a hazard to the public that use the area.  In response to this the BLM prepared the Buffalo Wallow Reservoir Reconstruction Environmental Assessment, which analyzed several options to address issues with the reservoir. After analysis and soliciting comments from the public, the BLM determined that based on lack of legal access to the reservoir, and that providing motorized legal access through public land would impact Greater Sage-Grouse habitat, the BLM would breach the reservoir so it would no longer store water.

The Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment are available online at

If you have questions about this reservoir project, please contact Geoff Beyersdorf, Lewistown Field Manager, at (406) 538-1900.

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Last updated: 04-10-2013