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Group says water deal assures flows to a stream

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Clark Fork Coalition says a water deal will assure flows to a small tributary to the upper Clark Fork River.

The Natural Resource Damage Program recently approved the deal between the Clark Fork Coalition and the R Bar N Ranch near Deer Lodge.

The coalition will buy a water right from the ranch and transfers the right from irrigation use to in-stream flow. The coalition aims to improve flows in Racetrack Creek by releasing water stored in a reservoir during the summer months when the creek can run dry.

The group says the creek is spawning habitat for native trout.

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