All my life, I've spent as much of my time as I could at East Rosebud Lake. I have countless joyful memories of time in/at/on the lake, of repeatedly hiking all the trails and of enjoying the beauty and purity of the East Rosebud river. I have a lifelong devotion to this wonderful Montana landscape.
I am not the only person for whom this is true. Along with them I am appalled at the proposal for an unnecessary hydroelectric dam that would deeply wound — even destroy — this pristine setting.
The project is not compatible with East Rosebud Creek and the East Rosebud canyon, for a wide variety of reasons. These include the irreversible harm it would inflict on the beauty of the area, the destruction of its peacefulness and the inappropriate juxtaposition of an industrial-type facility in a place surrounded by designated Wilderness, fertile wildlife habitat, a healthy fishery and fragile alpine ecosystems.
Imagine the noise that this project would introduce into this quiet canyon. Imagine the scarring and destruction of this lovely setting. Imagine the fouling of it's crystal waters. Imagine roads cut into the fragile topsoil, bringing noise, traffic and workers while driving wildlife away. Then, imagine the minimal electricity that the project claims it will generate — easily supplanted with basic conservation measures by electricity consumers — and ask yourself whether the creation of this dam makes any sense to you at all.
I can assure you that it does not make any sense to me.