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RIVER NOTES
Montanans for Healthy Rivers newsletter

April 2016 Vol.3 No.2
"Dreaming of Spring on the North Fork Flathead" Photo © Amy Bartels    
Free-Flowing & Clean

Springtime brings regeneration of life, a fresh start and new opportunities. It’s the time of year when we witness our rivers and wildlife at their peaks, in abundance and full of energy. It’s also the time of year to take action, stir out of our winter hibernation and prepare for the year ahead.

In the first few months of 2016 there is already so much to share with regards to the current state of our rivers, their outlook through the changing seasons and new chances to celebrate and help protect them this year and into the future.

Last month we encouraged Montanans to contact the members of our delegation and ask them to continue moving forward legislation to designate East Rosebud as Wild and Scenic and support our Citizen’s Proposal for more Wild and Scenic Rivers in Montana. If you didn’t get a chance to contact Senators Tester and Daines and Representative Zinke, we've made it really easy for you to do so!

 
Snow And Flow
Spring brings a transition in our weather patterns and this spring has brought above average precipitation to all river basins across Montana except Sun- Teton-Marias River basin, which is at 78% of average for April 1st. Statewide, Montana is at 102% for its water year, meaning most of our rivers are in good shape. However, average summer flows will depend on a continuation of normal precipitation and a gain in high elevation snow. For the latest and complete NRCS snow report click here.
 
Photo Credit Pat Clayton

Smith River Among America's Most Endangered

For the second year in a row, the Smith River has been listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, by one of our partner groups American Rivers. The Smith River is threatened by a proposed underground copper mine along and underneath Sheep Creek, one of its major headwaters tributaries. If the mine is built, it has significant potential to degrade the Smith’s water quality and renowned wild trout fishery through acid mine drainage, contamination with toxic heavy metals, nutrient pollution, and drying up critical fish habitat. Not only is the Smith one of the most cherished rivers in Montana, but it also generates $10 million annually for fishing outfitters and surrounding communities. Click here to find out more about the Smith and how you can help voice your opposition to the proposed mining project.
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Lights. Camera. Action.

In honor of Montana’s iconic rivers and the mounting public support for their future protection, a series of festivals will be hosted around Montana showcasing river themed conservation and adventure films.

The Wild and Scenic Film Fest presented by American Rivers
May 6, Missoula - The Wilma
Doors 6pm, Films 7pm - $12
Eight films, including the Montana premiere of "Our Local Epic", assorted door prizes and raffle items from supporting businesses. Click here for tickets and information.

The Wild Rivers Film Tour presented by American Rivers and Greater Yellowstone Coalition
May 12, Livingston - Shane Lalani Center for the Arts
May 26, Bozeman - Emerson Center for the Arts
June 11, Red Lodge - Bull & Bear Saloon
Doors 6:30pm, Films 8pm - $10
Click here for tickets and information.

All proceeds for these events will directly benefit river conservation in Montana!
Do You Have 2 Minutes For Rivers?

The East Rosebud Wild & Scenic bill is moving through the process to become a law, but more vocal support is needed! Time is of the essence so if you have not yet voiced your support for this landmark legislation, please do so now! It only takes a couple of minutes to submit your name and address and let our delegates in DC know that as a Montanan, or lover of Montana rivers, you want this bill to pass!

East Rosebud is just the beginning. Please show support for our Citizen's Proposal to designate more rivers in Montana as Wild & Scenic and submit your endorsement today!
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"Rivers have what man most respects and longs for in his own life—a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing." 

— John Kauffman,  A Look At Our North Atlantic Rivers
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