The proposed hydro-electric project, a design that will dewater East Rosebud Creek, will create much destruction and a pitiful amount of electricity. At this time, the East Rosebud is a healthy waterway supporting such popular game fish as brown trout, rainbow trout and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Trout are highly sensitive to stream changes. The project's turbines and gates will prevent fish migration, spawning and can kill fish directly.
East Rosebud Creek is relatively small. A 150-cubic-feet-per-second diversion is likely to catastrophically lower the creek from the distance of the diversion to the generating facility for several months of each year when the flow is low.
In addition, a generating facility will create a long-distance hum and noise. Those of us who wish to live and those who recreate by hiking and fishing in the area value this region for its serenity.
And we must consider the future of this stream. This dam would prevent East Rosebud Creek from ever being eligible for Wild and Scenic designation which would provide permanent protection.
We Montanans, especially, are aware that the whole of the United States of America is under environmental attack. Let each of us do what we can to save what we can. I urge you to ask Hydrodynamics to let their permits for the hydro facility expire in June.