Day-long celebration planned June 30 for East Rosebud Creek

June 21, 2012

Categories: Clean WaterEventsNews

By Northern Plains Resource Council

Local residents and conservation groups will host an all-day celebration at the East Rosebud Lake Lodge on Saturday, June 30, to raise awareness of the threat that hydroelectric development poses to East Rosebud Creek. The event is free and open to the public.

June 30 activities

10:00 a.m.:      Bird watching tour led by Steve and Deb Regele

3:00 p.m.:        Wildflower tour led by Marci Dye

4:00-6:00 p.m.: Barbecue potluck (please bring a side dish; hot dogs and fixings will be provided)

4:30 p.m.:        Short presentations about the valley, the proposed hydro project, and ways to permanently protect East Rosebud Creek

7:00 p.m.:        Full moon walk led by the Forest Service

To RSVP, please call 248-1154 or email caleb@northernplains.org

The event is hosted by the East Rosebud Lake Association and sponsored by the Black Butte Association, Stillwater Protective Association, and American Rivers.

The celebration comes as a Bozeman-based company, Hydrodynamics Inc., is studying the feasibility of constructing a hydroelectric dam and power plant on East Rosebud Creek where it flows across U.S. Forest Service land below East Rosebud Lake. This reach of East Rosebud Creek has been found eligible for Wild and Scenic river designation because of its outstanding scenic, recreational, and geological values. It is surrounded on three sides by designated wilderness.

Local residents and visitors from around the country cherish East Rosebud Creek for its scenic beauty, outstanding wild trout fishery, and whitewater paddling opportunities. Some stay for a few days, and some buy property and become part of the community. The waterway contributes to a diversified economy in Carbon County.

Residents along East Rosebud Creek have expressed serious concerns about the proposed hydro project since it was first proposed in 2009. Local property values have been fairly stable compared to other areas during the current recession. Residents say this largely due to the fact that clean, free-flowing streams like East Rosebud Creek are a scarce commodity.

About 875 local residents and other concerned citizens have signed a petition to stop the proposed hydro project to keep East Rosebud Creek the way it is. More information, including the petition, can be found at www.saveeastrosebud.org.

Montana has a total of 177,000 miles of rivers and streams. Less than 1 percent of these stream miles have been found eligible for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Local residents say hydro developers should focus their attention on the 99 percent of stream miles in Montana that have not been found eligible for Wild and Scenic protection.

NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154
info@northernplains.org