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Why Now?

Swift or smooth, broad as the Hudson or narrow enough to scrape your gunwales, every river is a world of its own, unique in pattern and personality. Each mile on a river will take you further from home than a hundred miles on a road. – Bob Marshall

The history of Montana is the history of its rivers, and so will be its future.

Native Americans, explorers, pioneers and captains of industry all followed Montana’s rivers. Our history is not that of wagon trains, as much as it is of pirogues and steamboats. Montana’s rivers are famous the world over for their wild trout, their whitewater and their clean water. We have 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 new threats from outside interests who don’t always share the same respect for them that we do. Already, there are plans for new hydropower projects, pipelines, mines, and oil and gas drilling along some of our finest rivers and streams – development that would forever impact anglers, boaters, irrigators and communities miles downstream.

Join us in exploring some of the values associated with Montana’s rivers, the threats they are facing, and some conservation tools that can be used to protect them.