More than 20 miles of a beloved stream north of Yellowstone will be protected from dams forever, thanks to today's signing of the East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
The law, which was signed by the president today, means permanent protection from development and dams for 20 miles of East Rosebud Creek, north of Yellowstone in Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. East Rosebud is the first stretch of water in Montana to be designated Wild and Scenic in more than 40 years.
If you've hiked the Beaten Path in the Beartooth Mountains, it's easy to understand why East Rosebud deserves to be designated Wild and Scenic. And it's easy to understand why protecting East Rosebud has had broad, bipartisan support from locals and from our entire Montana delegation.
Thank you, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), and Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) for listening to Montanans and working to get this bill passed. And thank you to the Friends of East Rosebud -- the engaged residents along the creek and a leading partner in our coalition with American Rivers and American Whitewater, all of whom we've worked with for years to pass this bill protecting East Rosebud.
And finally, a round of applause for YOU! Thank you for supporting our work to protect East Rosebud and all the other amazing rivers and streams here in Greater Yellowstone.
-- Charles Drimal, Waters Program Associate