Montana’s congressional delegation rallies for Restore Our Creek Coalition

Montana’s congressional leaders have taken up the Restore Our Creek Coalition’s cause of demanding a fully restored upper Silver Bow Creek from Texas Avenue to the confluence at George Street.

Sens. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Steve Daines, a Republican, and Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte sent letters Wednesday expressing concern and disappointment over the consent decree negotiators’ statements in early April that fell short of promising a fully restored upper Silver Bow Creek.

The consent-decree negotiators, which include the Environmental Protection Agency, Atlantic Richfield Company, the state and the county, said there would be money set aside to partially fund a “lined water feature” but the community would have to come up with some of the money and balked at spending money for an engineering and feasability study for the “feature.”