Clean, and Free Flowing
Montana is known across the country for clean, free-flowing, mountain-fed rivers. These waters harbor native cutthroat trout populations in select creeks and provide critical habitat for grizzly bear, elk and moose. Robust wild trout populations in streams like the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone have received international recognition. In recent decades, authors and cinematographers alike cast Montana’s rivers in the limelight, providing an economic magnet to communities and additional reason for locals to celebrate their river heritage.
What most of the public doesn’t realize is that the vast majority of Montana’s iconic waters are unprotected from a growing barrage of impacts. New dam and mine proposals, surface water depletion, climate change and future trans-basin water projects threaten the legacy of the Treasure State’s waters.
Working in communities from West Yellowstone to Red Lodge, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition is leading the charge to organize a coalition of businesses, private land owners, sportsmen and conservation groups to collectively protect the fate of Montana’s last, best free-flowing rivers under one aegis – Montanans for Healthy Rivers.
Informed by the leadership of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Montanans for Healthy Rivers is focused on utilizing America’s strongest form of river protection – the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act – a federal designation initially crafted in Montana nearly 50 years ago. Inspired by a monumental vision to enact legislation on a grand scale, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition is dedicated to protecting iconic free—flowing waters of northern Greater Yellowstone, and in so doing, secure invaluable fish and wildlife habitat and celebrate Montana’s authentic rich river heritage.