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RIVER NOTES
Montanans for Healthy Rivers newsletter

July 2017 Vol.4 No.4
Wild & Scenic Photo contest ends July 31, 2017 
Free-Flowing & Clean
July is Wild & Scenic Rivers Month in Montana. To celebrate, Montanans for Healthy Rivers is giving away river gear from Costa, Winston, Yeti, Aire, Werner, and The Trailhead. There’s even a chance to win a two-day vacation package at Big Sky Resort! Here’s two ways to win: enter our Wild & Scenic Rivers Photo Contest or collect endorsements for the Montana Wild & Scenic Rivers Citizens Proposal through the Costa 20/20 Endorsement Challenge. You could be one of 20 people to win a pair of Costa sunglasses of your choice, or the lucky grand prize winner of an Aire BAKraft self-bailing packraft, Werner Powerhouse 4-piece kayak paddle, and the PFD of your choice from The Trailhead in Missoula - worth more than $2,100! Check out details here.
Wild & Scenic Rivers Eligibility
In mid-July the forest service released an initial draft review of eligible Wild & Scenic Rivers on the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The agency is now seeking public input. The current National Forest Planning Rule requires that all rivers named on a standard 7.5 minute U. S. Geological Survey map are studied for potential Wild & Scenic Rivers eligibility.
There are 940 streams on the Custer Gallatin National Forest, which stretches from southwest Montana to northwestern South Dakota. The forest service’s initial analysis recognizes 30 streams on the forest as eligible for Wild & Scenic River protections.

While Congress usually designates new Wild & Scenic Rivers, our public lands managers are required to review streams and consider their potential eligibility. To be considered eligible as Wild & Scenic, a river or creek must be “free-flowing” and possess at least one “outstandingly remarkable value.” To learn more about this process read the agency’s summary and get involved.

Photo: Alp Creek in Madison Range. © Charles Wolf Drimal

Take Action: Ask Gianforte to Support East Rosebud Wild & Scenic
East Rosebud Creek may be one of the most aesthetic drainages in Montana. Few places in the west offer a cascading creek through a glaciated valley reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. In spring of 2017, Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) worked in bipartisan fashion, now for a third congressional session,  to advance legislation protecting East Rosebud as Wild & Scenic. The Act currently awaits a vote from the full Senate. But even that accomplishment won’t be enough. We still need recently-elected Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to introduce and pass a companion East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Bill in the House of Representatives.  Please reach out to Congressman Gianforte today: (202) 225-3211
 
Public access to flowing waters is an undisputed democratic principle.

Wondering how Montana’s stream access law compares to other states? Read the 2017 Stream Access Report by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.


"Even before Americans decided to stop obeying the rest of Britain’s antiquated laws and Old World traditions, our rivers were used by all members of society – for hydration, transportation, sanitation, power, commerce, agriculture, hunting and angling. And that was before the sporting pursuits were simply for sport. On the frontier, to bar another man from drinking from a river or catching a fish might very well kill him."

-- excerpt from Stream Access Now
 
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