Groups look to protect Gallatin, Madison rivers through controversial ballot initiative

The Gallatin River — seen from US 191 between Bozeman and Big Sky. Photo: Jim from Lexington. CC BY-SA 2.0

The cost of development run amok.

Several conservation groups are pushing to get an initiative on the Montana ballot in November that would apply strict pollution protections along the Gallatin and Madison rivers.

If it passes, Initiative 191 would designate the Gallatin River from the border of Yellowstone National Park to the confluence of Spanish Creek and the Madison River between Hebgen and Ennis lakes as “Outstanding Resource Waters.”

Montana Trout Unlimited, Republican and Democratic legislators, and industry leaders from a variety of Montana’s economic sectors, including agriculture, timber, mining, tourism, and development, have spoken out against I-191.

LINK (via Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

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