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RIVER NOTES
 Montanans for Healthy Rivers Newsletter
August 2019 Vol. 6 No. 5
Photo by Kascie Herron
Rivers Can't Take A Summer Vacation
If they did, it would really put a damper on our own vacations, amiright? Let's be honest, when it comes to summer, it's hard not to involve our rivers. After all, a lot of our favorite pastimes are spent in the river, whether swimming, fishing, rafting, tubing, you name it. Being on a river in summer means instant relaxation or instant celebration, whichever way you want to go. And without them, summer would be a whole lot more boring. But just because we get to relax during summer, doesn't mean our rivers do. In fact, rivers in Montana and across the west are working their hardest, being put to full use on our fields, and seeing a lot of visitors in and along their corridors. So while we celebrate summer, let's remember that protecting our rivers also protects the best season in Montana.
Photo: Kascie Herron
The Three Forks Get A Face Lift
Three of Montana's five federally designated Wild & Scenic Rivers, the South, Middle and North Forks of the Flathead, are getting an update to their Comprehensive River Management Plan. It's been over 30 years since the three forks were evaluated for impacts to their outstandingly remarkable values, and the proposed action for the plan has been released to the public. Two information sessions have been scheduled on August 13th or 20th from 6-8pm at the Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. Come out either night to ask questions and leave comments on the draft plan. A recent article regarding the plan from the Flathead Beacon gives a great summary here.
Speaking of Plans
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Missoula, is also updating its resource management plan for the BLM managed lands and rivers near Missoula. This is a pretty large document, but the parts pertaining to the Blackfoot River and select tributaries, as well as a small section of Rock Creek is what most concerns us. Take a look at the draft plan and get in touch if you'd like some help understanding it, or crafting comments of your own. These are due to BLM by August 15th.
Watch our friend and Lewis & Clark Raft Co. owner Gia Randono, advocate for the Montana Headwaters Security Act while tidying up her office. It's that quick and easy to call our elected officials in DC.
Take Action
Can you ever have enough YETIs?
We don't think so. Which is why we are kicking off another fun contest with a Yeti Tundra 65 as the grand prize. What do you have to do to win? Submit a short video of you, or your friends or family (or pets) enjoying a Montana river. Click here for more information about the video contest and how to enter.
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