Send an email today!
Please send an email to Montana Area Office Manager Steve Davies with the Bureau of Reclamation to tell him to use Yellowtail Dam to help control flooding on the Bighorn River. Mr. Davies has the power to reduce flooding and erosion on the Bighorn River, we just need him to act!
Send your email today by filling in the form below. To edit or add to the email, click the eye icon. When adding your thoughts we ask that you keep your tone civil, add personal stories, and avoid providing specific solution flow levels or lake elevations. Our goal is simply to show Mr. Davies the hundreds of people who are demanding better management!
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Tell the Bureau of Reclamation to #SavetheHorn!Read or edit the petition
I am contacting you today to ask for the Bureau of Reclamation’s immediate help to update and revise the current Yellowtail Dam operating criteria that has failed to meet the needs of Montanans downstream. I am concerned that current operating criteria (criteria developed after years of drought) has resulted in significant damage to Montana’s economy.
I ask that you continue to take steps to ensure Yellowtail Dam fulfills its role in minimizing the high flows that damage the Bighorn River. Your recent pledge to keep the Bighorn reservoir at 3,607′ well into June is encouraging, but more must be done.
The current snowpack is trending towards another “record high flow year” and we cannot allow the river corridor to endure the brunt of such high flows. One of the congressional mandates for the Yellowtail Dam is flood control and it is your responsibility to make sure the dam is, first and foremost, fulfilling this mandate.
I strongly encourage you to use the Yellowtail Dam for its intended flood control purpose, and to have better coordination on releases, lake elevations and flows from the upstream dams, so that Montanans below the entire system can be acknowledged as true stakeholders, rather than casualties of inadequate, outdated criteria.
I am asking that you do your job and return to a balanced water management approach where stakeholders share the risk during both low and high water years.“