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Montanans for Healthy Rivers newsletter

August 2016 Vol.3 No.3
"Summer Evening on the Yellowstone" Photo © Todd Maciag    
Free-Flowing & Clean

Montana’s East Rosebud Creek is a step closer to a Wild & Scenic Rivers designation. While the 114th U.S. Congress has not been celebrated for its productivity or output in D.C., Montana’s two U.S. Senators – Jon Tester and Steve Daines – have continued to buck partisan politics when it comes to river conservation. In mid-July, their cooperation and persistence paid off with the passage of S.1577 (East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act) out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The next step will entail a floor vote to pass the full Senate. Before Congress adjourns for the year, Montanans for Healthy Rivers will call on you to voice your support to ensure all Senators recognize the value of protecting this resource in Montana.

In the other chamber, Representative Ryan Zinke’s House Bill – H.R. 2787 East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act – continues to stand in limbo. Though introduced over a year ago in the House of Representatives, the bill has yet to receive a hearing in the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. If Montanans want to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our last Wild & Scenic River bill with a new designation of East Rosebud Creek, we need to pass this bill out of the House.

You can help!

Please contact the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (Ca), Ranking Member Niki Tsongas (MA), ex officio Rob Bishop (UT), and Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT). Ask them to pass the East Rosebud Bill in the next Natural Resources hearing. Remind them that river protection supports the Montana economy and way of life and has bi-partisan support across the state.

Chairman Tom McClintock (Ca): 202-225-2511
Ranking Member Niki Tsongas (MA): 202.225.3411
Ex officio Rob Bishop (UT): 202-225-0453
Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT): (202) 225-3211
Fire & Fish
It's that time of year when our rivers are working overtime. With seasonal low flows, high temperatures, and the added pressure of wildfire, we all need to be aware of certain restrictions regarding the access and use of our much loved rivers. The most recently sparked "Roaring Lion" fire south of Hamilton is gaining national attention as 500 people have been evacuated and over 7,000 acres have burned since Sunday, July 31st. Stay up to date on the latest Bitterroot River closures due to fire crew use and safety.
Give a Hoot! Please pay attention to the latest fishing restrictions, as most of Montana's rivers have some sort of Hoot Owl restrictions in place. This means no fishing from 2pm - Midnight, typically the hottest part of the day when water temperatures are highest and fish are most stressed. Fish mortality significantly increases at low flows and high temperatures, so please respect the resource for future enjoyment.
Feature Business
Ever since the initial concept of the Citizen's Proposal for Wild and Scenic Rivers, Pangaea River Rafting based in Alberton, MT has been a strong supporter of Montanans for Healthy Rivers efforts to protect more Montana rivers as Wild and Scenic. Owners Brooke and David Lawrence were rafting guides on the Clark Fork river for several years and in 2004, after a 4,000 mile bike ride across America they purchased Pangaea Expeditions. Changing the name to Pangaea River Rafting, David and Brooke operate by the business mantra to "Leave Boring Behind"! We thank them for their support and assistance with outreach in Mineral County regarding our Citizens' Proposal. 
Photo credit Ryan Heffernan
Feature Stream

Rock Creek flows out of the Sapphire Mountains east of Missoula before reaching its confluence with the Clark Fork River near Clinton, MT. A blue ribbon trout stream, Rock Creek boasts many remarkable values, whether scenic, wildlife habitat, historical and recreational. Over the last year, local landowners along Rock Creek have been advocating for its designation as a Wild and Scenic River and inclusion in our Citizen's Proposal. They are collecting petition signatures on their website:  Please support their efforts and add your name today if you want to see Rock Creek stay the same for future generations.
Have You Endorsed Montana's Rivers?

It only takes 30 seconds to show your support for more river protection in Montana through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Please support our Citizen's Proposal to designate more Montana rivers as Wild & Scenic and submit your endorsement today!
"Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things? Throw a stone into the stream, and the circles that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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