The proposed hydroelectric project on East Rosebud Creek would produce only a small amount of energy. The creek has ankle-deep water flows during almost nine months of the year. At 6,000 feet of elevation, the spring runoff begins sometime in May, and by mid-August the mountain snowpack is almost gone. A previous stream flow study concluded that such a project is not feasible.
Balance low electricity productivity with the negative consequences of the proposed project, such as creating very low water flow for at least two miles along the creek, raising water temperatures, blocking access to the very productive trout spawning grounds that lie above the suggested intake, water pollution during the construction phase, new roads in the area, weed proliferation, negative visual impact, noise pollution, interference with animal migration and increased traffic in the area, and it is obvious the proposal project is unacceptable.
The East Rosebud canyon is a prime recreation area. Use of this magnificent natural area for commercial development would have a negative impact on local economies which depend heavily on tourism, angling, camping, outfitting and climbing.
Hydrodynamics should abandon their proposal for this installation. Montanans, get busy and stand against this use of your public lands!