“Rivers support our economy and our way of life.” – Montanans for Healthy River website
“Montana’s East Rosebud Creek is a step closer to a Wild and Scenic Rivers designation,” according to Montanans for Healthy Rivers, a coalition working to conserve Montana’s last, best free-flowing rivers.
East Rosebud Creek is located in the northeast corner of Montana’s Beartooth Mountains. In mid-July the East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (S. 1577) passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with the support of Montana senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines. Next, the bill requires a floor vote to pass the full Senate.
In the other chamber, Representative Ryan Zinke’s House companion bill for the East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2787) has stalled. The bill has yet to receive a hearing in the Subcommittee on Federal Lands after a year in limbo.
Montanans for Healthy Rivers (MHR) has their eyes set on larger goals beyond East Rosebud Creek. The Gallatin River Task Force is working as a partner of MHR to encourage the Montana delegation to introduce a bill in 2017 to protect the Gallatin River, Taylor Fork, Porcupine Creek and other streams in western Montana as Wild & Scenic. For a complete list of rivers proposed for Wild and Scenic designation in Montana, review the Montanan’s for Healthy Rivers Citizen’s Proposal.
The Wild and Scenic Citizen’s Proposal has received over 1,000 endorsements, including 300 business endorsements. Montanans for Healthy Rivers is now focusing on securing written endorsements from individuals and businesses to share with the Montana delegation.
You can help keep our last, best rivers free-flowing and clean!
Let the Montana delegation know why you love the Gallatin River and how it supports the Big Sky economy.
Click here for a template letter, which can be customized to call out specific rivers. Forward letters to the Montana delegation:
Office of Senator Jon Tester
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2604
Phone: (202) 224-2644
Office of Senator Daines
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
p: (202) 224-2651