Montanans for Healthy Rivers Newsletter
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Montana's Legacy of River Protection
Sometimes stories are as captivating as the places they transport us to. Sometimes, they're as powerful and vital as clean, free-flowing rivers. Montana's Legacy of River Protection StoryMap explores six such stories about large dams proposed - and prevented - throughout Montana between the 1940s and 1970s.
These dams would have forever changed some of Montana's most iconic rivers and landscapes. The Upper Missouri River Breaks would be underwater. The Paradise Valley at the gates of Yellowstone National Park would be a reservoir. Some of the most important fish and wildlife habitat in the nation would have been destroyed. Local communities would have been devastated and places that have shaped Montana for generations would have been lost.
These stories share what could have been, reminding us of the true cost of dams. Some rivers are too precious to dam. River conservation must compliment water resource development projects. We can and must come together to protect free-flowing rivers for future generations.
Call Montana's Delegation:
Ask them to reintroduce and support the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act today!
Senator Jon Tester - (202) 224-2644
Senator Steve Daines - (202) 224-2651
Rep. Matt Rosendale - (202) 225-3211
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