The Story - One woman sees an infraction on nature, mobilizes a neighborhood, engages regulatory agencies, grows a movement, and starts a non-profit. She promises to fight for the Gallatin River, teach others how to advocate for your natural resources and ensure we may all enjoy them for generations. She invites you join in these efforts and be the change we want to see in the world. Together we can do more. We need your help. Read more.
The "Riverbend Glamping Retreat" is a proposed glamping development on a 16-acre property on an island in the Gallatin River just west of Gallatin Gateway which poses risk to the river's eco-system. Historically, this stunning and fragile habitat of wet lands, spring creeks, native vegetation, and ancient trees has remained largely untouched. Wildlife including deer, migratory birds and small mammals are often spotted in this corridor of the Gallatin River. Most of this property falls within the 100-year floodplain and floodway and has been known to flood. The potential for disaster is real. Your donation will help cover legal and professional fees. We must do everything possible to safeguard this pristine natural resource.
The Glampground plans include 60+ units of semi-permanent housing structures (wagons, airstream trailers, tiny homes), road systems, a septic pumping station, and commercial services. The developer plans to drill under the river to bring utilities (natural gas, fiber optics, connection to the Gateway sewer system) to the island. These pipelines will be trenched into the ground around roads and concrete pads in order to provide year-round amenities to the glampers. Ice scours, which have been know to burst pipes buried under the river, would be a significant risk. A flood event might wash housing and camper debris into the river. Concrete pads, other structures, and the removal of native vegetation will impede the land's natural ability to deal with excess water -- all of which heightens potential damage to the river's natural habitat. The potential for environmental harm to the Gallatin River ecosystem is immeasurable, and tax payers may have to pay for restoration. How can you help? Please help us with your donation and please spread the word on your social media platforms. See the long list of environmental concerns here:
Montanans and citizens around the globe treasure this state's pristine natural resources and blue-ribbon trout streams. We have the right and the responsibility to protect our wild habitat for future generations. PTRG is small but focused. We can't do it without you. Together, we can do more!
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