Committed to save the beauty of East Rosebud Creek for future generations
You are invited to our Film Festival and Information Event on Saturday June 29th
Actual water flow April 19, 2013
Traute Parrie, Beartooth District Ranger, explaining that East Rosebud Creek is eligible for Wild and Scenic River protection
Journalist Joel Harris and film maker Daniel Lombardi work on a documentary about Montana's Wild and Scenic Rivers
A collection of arguments against the dam project
Ideas on Wild and Scenic eligibility
Map by Lucas Ward, Assistant Professor at Rocky Mountain College
Comments of power plant manager K. Owens to FERC
Forest Service's comments to FERC
Some comments of petitioners
Click here for Sample Letter to Officials
Click here for Adresses of FWP, USFS, etc.
Nov 2012 Report of Hydrodynamics to FERC
May 2012 Report of Hydrodynamics to FERC
Hydrodynamics Report Nov 2011
Annette's Presentation to Rotary Club
Not much Water Flow in Winter
Beautiful East Rosebud in Fall
We are not alone on this important assignment
More info, pictures and comments on Friends of East Rosebud Facebook Page
Actively working to save East Rosebud Creek and other American Treasures
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Our Goal is to bring an end to the pending hydro dam project application and to protect the creek from all similar proposals in the future. East Rosebud Creek is truly Wild and Scenic. We want to make sure it stays that way. Forever.
East Rosebud Creek drainage surrounded by designated wilderness is about as close to paradise as it gets. Forest Service found this area eligible for Wild and Scenic River Protection for its outstanding Geologic, Recreational, and Scenic values. This pristine area is now endangered by a small output hydro dam project. A little bit of power for a lot of irreversible destruction . This site has been set up by Friends of East Rosebud to provide information and tools for people who want to help save this paradise.
Friends of East Rosebud, Inc.
We are moving on. Our target is permanent protection for East Rosebud Creek. To increase our standing we have incorporated Friends of East Rosebud as a Montana non-profit organization. We are a public charity under section 501 (c) (3) internal revenue code. To see who is on the Board of Friends of East Rosebud click here. We have a number of events planned for next year including a float at local fairs, neighborhood information meetings, and a Film Festival with documentary films featuring East Rosebud Creek and surrounding mountains. We will keep you informed through our email newsletter and on this site. For short term updates see also our Facebook Page.
Please mark June 29th 2013 in your calender for our East Rosebud Film Festival at the Branger Ranch.
Elected Officials and Agencies
We are in frequent contact to Forest Service; MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks; DNRC; FERC and other agencies to discuss ongoing activities of the pending hydro project and conservation issues involved. In addition we have started asking our elected officials for meetings this spring to discuss the situation and ways for permanent protection of the East Rosebud Creek. We had the chance to talk to our Governor in Helena and received a very positive response. First meetings with our Congessional Delegation have been sceduled for late April.
We started a list of company and organization supporters which will be on our web site soon. If you own or run a business: Please beome a Supporter of Friends of East Rosebud. It does not cost anything. But it will help a lot. Find out who signed up as a supporter and how to join. Click here.
In the news this yearHolding on to Paradise
Article in MONTANA MAGAZINE by Joel Harris, March/April 2013Dam would destroy East Rosebud Creek
Letter to the editor Billings Gazette by Sally Berg, Sunday, March 2ndDestroying Beauty
Letter to the editor Carbon County News by Luann Meek, Monday, February 28th 2013East Rosebud dam not worth Environmental impact
Letter to the editor Billings Gazette by Mary Locke, Sunday, February 24thRosebud Creek not enough
Letter to the editor Carbon County News by Mary Locke, Thursday, February 14th 2013Save East Rosebud Creek from hydro dam
Letter to the editor Billings Gazette by Karen Peterson, Sunday, January 27thRiver Group seeks Wild and Scenic suggestions from Montanans
Billings Gazette by Rob Chaney, Thursday, January 17thRiver Group seeks Wild and Scenic suggestions from Montanans
The Missoulian by Rob Chaney, Tuesday, January 15th
Status update 2012
Hydrodynamics Inc's preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a hydro dam on East Rosebud Creek is still valid until next summer. So far they have not applied for their next step which would include onsite evaluations of their project's feasibility. Friends of East Rosebud have focused their activities this year on getting more public support by building this web page: www.saveeastrosebud.org and by starting a facebook page. We also started an online petition and information service early 2012. We had very good press coverage and were able to win a large number of individuals, companies and organizations for our cause. The focus from here on will be not only to avert the pending dam project but to achieve permanent protection status for upper East Rosebud Creek which would make all future dam projects impossible.
2012 Press Coverage:Fight looms for East Rosebud
Cover Story Billings Outpost by Joel Harris, Friday, June 22ndWater Worries - Petitioners rally against East Rosebud Hydropowewr Project
Cover Story Billings Gazette by Linda Halstead-Acharya, Sunday, June 24thEast Rosebud Creek proposal draws 240 people
Cover Story Carbon County News by Eleanor Guerrero Thursday, July 12thCelebrating a Special Stream, Montana Style
American Rivers News by Michael Fiebig, July 17th
Guest Opinion in Billings Gazette:Make East Rosebud Creek officially Wild And Scenic
Mary Ellen Mangus, July 28th
Letters to the Editor of Billings Gazette:Help protect East Rosebud River
Charles Sangmeister, July 1stHelp protect East Rosebud permanently
Leslie Ziegler, July 5thEast RosebudHydropower project should be resisted
Janet Bennion and John Potter, July 9thHydro project would change East Rosebud for worse
Joe and Judy Rich, July 15thDesignate East Rosebud Creek Wild and Scenic River
John Miller, Aug 3rd
June 30th 2012 Activities at the Lake
Some 240 participants joined us for our meeting at the Lake, learned something about birds, flowers, and the history of the area. And they listened what our speakers had to tell about the planned hydro development, its permitting process and ways to protect the area now and forever. If you want to see pictures you may want to visit the Faceboock Page of Friends of East Rosebud
Your help will be needed at this point
Hydrodynamics Inc., the company proposing the hydro power project has received a permit for a feasibility study from FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, docket # P-13531) in June 2010. They have to file a progress report every 6 months. For their last report click button on right side. In order to do a preliminary feasibility study, they have to contact Custer National Forest (FS). FS then will start their NEPA study (National Environment Protection Act) and as a part of it there will be a 30 day period for public comments. Congressmen will be kept informed as part of this scoping process. Important for us: Only 30 days to comment. This is the time everybody needs to be ready and act.
Sign Petition Opposing the Dam Project and get e-mail alerts when important things happen - 1286 have signed as of December-6-2012
We have started a petition to be sent to MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Forest Service and elected officials. Please click this box for the sign-up window. You will be able to take your name off the list at any time, if you do not want to support this cause any longer
Get Active at the Right Time
As a next step the project company, Hydrodynamics Inc., will need to make a proposal to Forest Service to start their feasibility study: The extend of the proposal will drive the amount of analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In any case Forrest Service will have to ask for public comments within a 30 day period. That is the time when 1000s should write their opinion to Forest Service and also to their congress men, senators, to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and to every journalist they can find. We do not know yet when this will be. Sign on to our e-mail alerts, and we will keep you informed.
Sample letters to voice your opinion:
feel free to change whatever you want to change
Address your concerns to:
The more letters, e-mails, phone calls,.... the better
Send your opinion to FERC:
How to file a comment with FERC
This was posted on Friends of East RosebudFERC: Guide for the Public
Past news coverage and documents
Project Update Carbon County News December 9th 2011
Letter to the Editor, County News December 15th 2011
Project Update in CCN January 2012
We will post updates on this website
More info, pictures and comments are on the Facebook site of Friends of East Rosebud.
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East Rosebud Creek originates high in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, flowing from the slopes of Montana’s highest peaks through East Rosebud Lake and out onto the prairie where it joins the Yellowstone River. The East Rosebud Valley, formed long ago by advancing glaciers, is thought by many to be one of Montana’s most beautiful valleys. Lying within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, East Rosebud Creek possesses remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, and historic values. To quote Pat Marcuson, noted fisheries biologist and author of the popular fishing book Fishing the Beartooths, the spectacular East Rosebud Creek is “the land of plenty; plenty of waterfalls, plenty of glaciers, plenty of vertical walls, plenty of fish, plenty of wildlife, plenty of visitors”. One can find eagles nesting, Mountain Goats and Big Horn sheep, Black and Grizzly bears and a rare wolverine, see moose sparing in the fall, hear the elk bugling, spot Mountain Lions, foxes, and wolves and of course plenty of Whitetail and Mule Deer. Anglers can catch Brown, native Cutthroat, Rainbow, and Brook Trout, as well as native Mountain Whitefish. But this valley is also threatened. There are individuals who would like to profit from this free-flowing creek by building a hydropower dam 400 feet downstream of East Rosebud Lake. The proposed dam would be 8 feet high and 100 feet long with 2 miles of penstocks leading to a power generating station next to popular Jimmy Joe Campground. We need your help. There are other individuals who believe that East Rosebud Creek deserves Wild and Scenic River designation by our government in order to permanently protect it from harmful dams and water projects. The purpose of this site is to give you easy access to project information and possible roads of intervention. Please help to protect and preserve one of Montana’s most valued treasures.