Unprecedented Closure of Yellowstone River in Montana Due To Fish Killing Parasite (No Water Based Recreation for 183 Miles)

Unprecedented Closure of Yellowstone River in Montana Due To Fish Killing Parasite (No Water Based Recreation for 183 Miles)

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Unprecedented Closure of Yellowstone River in Montana Due To Fish Killing Parasite (No Water Based Recreation for 183 Miles)

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“A threat to the health of Montana’s fish populations is a threat to Montana’s entire outdoor economy and the tens of thousands of jobs it sustains.” -Montana Governor Steve Bullock

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission made an unprecedented announcement Friday, closing a 183 miles stretch of river to all water based recreation due to the spreading of fishing killing parasite according to kpax.com.

Local economies are already feeling the pain of the closure. Montana has a massive outdoor recreation economy that supports 64,000 Montana jobs and nearly $6 billion in economic activity and closures like this are sure to effect these numbers.

Reopening the river will require colder water temps and higher water flows. A local river rafting outfit, Absaroka River Adventures, has this as their outgoing voicemail message and it pretty much sums up the situation:

“Due to the closure of the Yellowstone River and all of its tributaries to any kind of recreation, we have been forced to cease our rafting operations for the remainder of the 2016 summer. So, it’s time to start praying for some snow.  Have a good winter and we hope to see you next spring.”

Lets keep our fingers crossed that this situation improves and the river reopens without too much damage to Montana’s economy and fish.

To continue reading the full article on kpax.com go HERE

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