Final decision yet to be made on Yellowstone River Fish Bypass

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WILLISTON, N.D. - A Final decision has yet to be made in the Yellowstone River Fish Bypass court case.

A decision was expected Friday, but Judge Brian Morris hasn't made a ruling yet.

Time is of the essence, however. If Morris doesn't make a decision by Saturday, federal funding for the project will expire, meaning local farmers will have to foot the bill for construction.

The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, the Army Corps of Engineers, The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife all are in favor of the bypass. They say it is the best way to try and save the endangered Pallid Sturgeon that swims in the river.

The Montana Defenders of Wildlife and NRDC disagree, saying removing an existing dam and installing pumps is a better option.