Thanks to The Billings Gazette for the front page article on June 24, “Petitioners rally against East Rosebud hydro dam proposal.” The event organized by volunteers and supported by the Stillwater Protection Association and American Rivers was a success with over 225 individuals traveling the gravel road to East Rosebud Lake.
Our first goal is to stop the hydro dam proposal and the final goal is to receive Wild and Scenic Designation for the East Rosebud. Of the 177,000 Montana river miles, only 0.6 percent are eligible for Wild and Scenic designation, and only 368 Montana river miles have been designated. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was written by two brothers from Montana. Montana Legislatures have not designated any river miles in Montana as Wild and Scenic since 1976.
Sustainable energy is a good thing, but not all proposed projects make sense. For 1.5 megawatts of power, it does not make sense to spoil the free-flowing state of one of the most scenic valleys in Montana — one that many tourists who support the many businesses in Carbon, Stillwater and Yellowstone counties come from all around the world to hike, float and fish. The East Rosebud is an important fishery which would be spoiled by higher water temperatures due to dewatering the stream.
Please help us permanently protect the East Rosebud.
Protective Association and American Rivers