Federal land managers plan to breach a reservoir in the Missouri Breaks after repeated attempts to obtain legal access to it failed.
The Bureau of Land Management says the Buffalo Wallow Reservoir in Fergus County is a hazard to the public in its current condition. It was damaged in 2008 when a person attempted to drive across the dam embankment.
The agency says the reservoir has served as the primary water source for livestock in the area and is a popular recreational fishing site.
In its decision to breach the water body, the BLM said providing access to the reservoir through public land would have a negative impact on sage grouse habitat. Attempts dating to the 1990s to obtain access easements across private land were unsuccessful.