The Dam That Never Was | A Conservation Story of the Yellowstone River

Numerous stories have brought light to the troublesome nature of damming our wild rivers. The waterway loses its attitude and beauty. Native fish, wildlife and habitats suffer in the name of “progress”. This story is not of a river lost but the story of a river saved. The Yellowstone River is the longest un-dammed river in the lower 48. Had it not been for the foresight of key individuals, the spectacular Paradise valley would be underwater and the downstream communities would dry like the river itself.

fly fishing the Yellowstone River
Photo: Lumpytrout (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Follow fisheries biologist, Mike Duncan, as he travels the river meeting with Jim Posewitz, a key advocate who helped stop the dam. Mike explores the recreational opportunities while showing how much we would have lost had the Allenspur dam been built.

 

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