Montana Headwaters Security Act
The Montana Headwaters Security Act
is draft legislation for new Wild and Scenic river designations on some of the best rivers and streams on public lands in Montana. This draft legislation is the culmination of seven years of outreach to a broad cross-section of Montanans from across the state. During this time we have met with over 500 business owners, watershed groups, land trusts, recreation groups, riverside landowners, sportsmen and sportswomen, conservation organizations and other stakeholders. What we heard at those meetings mirrored what we learned in two bipartisan polls in 2013 and 2016 – Montanans love their rivers and want to see more of them protected using the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act is the highest form of river protection in the United States. This born-in-Montana law protects a river’s free-flowing character, clean water and a set of outstanding values unique to each river. Less than 1 percent of our nation’s river miles are protected as Wild and Scenic and less half of one percent of the rivers in Montana are permanently protected. Click here
for more information about the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and what it means when a river is designed as "Wild and Scenic."
This interactive map and table contain the list of rivers that people like you have said they want to see protected for future generations. Over 1,000 Montana businesses and 3,000 Montana residents have endorsed the Montana Headwaters Security Act.
Mouse over a river for its name and click on a river for more information and a photo. For a complete list of rivers in table format, please click here
. If you'd like to see a PDF of the entire map click here