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Montana Headwaters Legacy Act Reintroduced: Help Speak Up for Montana's Rivers!

Upper Madison River | Photo by Scott Bosse

Montana’s free-flowing rivers and clean water are the foundation of our communities’ health, economic vitality, and special way of life. As Montana’s population grows and development pressures mount, it is critical that we protect these rivers before they are degraded. 

Last November, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) reintroduced the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act (MHLA) in the U.S. Senate. River protection at this scale is a BIG deal and something to be thankful for as we approach the holiday season. If passed into law, this legislation would protect 20 rivers and 384 river miles in the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone river systems by adding them to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the highest form of river protection in the United States and would permanently protect the free-flowing nature, water quality, and outstandingly remarkable values of some of Montana’s most cherished rivers – including the Boulder, Gallatin, Madison, Smith, Stillwater, and Yellowstone.

In order to give the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act the best chance to make it to the President's desk, the bill needs support from Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-MT1). Please take a moment today and ask Sen. Daines and Rep. Zinke to support the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act!

Together, we can protect the rivers that flow through our hearts and communities. Thank you for taking action for Montana’s rivers! 

**Please note this policy alert is ONLY for Montana residents.

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