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Conserving Our Rivers
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A Legacy of Rivers

It is no exaggeration to call rivers the lifeblood of Montana. They provide us with drinking water, irrigation water, water for industry, and boundless recreational opportunities. The history of Montana is the history of its rivers, and so will be its future.

Clean water and healthy rivers drive our economy. And rivers are the heart of Montana’s outdoor way of life. Our river corridors support a rich community of fish, birds and wildlife, more diverse and vibrant than any ecosystem in the state.

Montana’s rivers are famous the world over for their thriving wild trout fisheries, their thrilling whitewater recreation, and their clean, clear water. Montana still has what the rest of the country wants – plentiful clean water and free-flowing streams.

Montana’s rivers are critical to both our state’s prosperity and our unmatched way of life. Montanans know how to take care of our rivers, but they are facing unprecedented threats from out-of-state interests. Already, there are plans for hydropower projects, pipelines, and oil and gas drilling in some of our most treasured headwaters – development that, if done wrong, would forever harm anglers, boaters, irrigators and communities miles downstream.

Montanans need to plan ahead for healthy rivers as we grow our economy and develop our natural resources. We do not want Montana to become like other arid, western states where many of their once-great rivers are piped and diverted out-of-state.

Montanans for Healthy Rivers is a coalition of citizens, sportsmen, businesses and conservationists working to conserve the last, best free-flowing rivers in western Montana – to keep Montana the way it is for future generations. We need your help and input to accomplish these goals.

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Wild and Scenic Montana, Episode 7: Upper Twin Creek

Come along as we search for a natural arch on Montana’s Upper Twin Creek, in an effort to show the stream is eligible for Wild and Scenic designation, from American Whitewater on Vimeo.

River News

East Rosebud Creek moves a step closer to gaining Wild and Scenic designation

March 23, 2016
March 14, 2016 BOZEMAN – A coalition of river advocates says a bill hearing scheduled before a U.S. Senate subcommittee next Thursday marks a major milestone in Montana’s quest to get its first new Wild and Scenic River designation in …
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Upcoming Events

Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Missoula, May 6

April 6, 2016
Hosted by The Wilma & American Rivers, the Wild & Scenic Film Fest will showcase environmental and adventure films with a river conservation theme. The purpose of the film fest is to inspire viewers to support and engage in Montana …
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