I was very happy to read the Billings Gazette article on Jan. 17, "River group seeks Wild and Scenic suggestions from Montanans." As many Gazette readers know, the Friends of East Rosebud, Inc. is advocating for a Wild and Scenic designation to protect East Rosebud Creek, which is threatened by a new hydro dam and associated development (penstock, powerhouse, transmission lines etc.).
It's great to hear that organizations like American Whitewater and American Rivers want to get Montanans discussing river conservation for future generations. Montana's story is about its rivers, mountains and wildlife. Many families in the area and visitors have a multigenerational attachment to Montana's unparalleled waterways: through fishing, hunting, ranching, farming, paddling, swimming, and just plain enjoying a beautiful spot to picnic with one's family after a long day.
Now is the time to make sure that our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have these same opportunities. Let's save East Rosebud Creek, and while we're at it, let's conserve other special rivers as well. Thanks to Mr. Colburn for starting this important conversation. For more information, go to www.saveeastrosebud.org.