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Letter from MRA President

December, 2006

Dear River Lovers,

Montana has a wealth of clean, clear, cold, sweet flowing streams that originate in the mountains and flow down to the valleys and prairies to become the lifeblood of the land. Rivers like the Kootenai, Clark Fork, Flathead, Bitterroot, Missouri, Tongue and the Yellowstone challenge our fishing, rowing and paddling skills and give us memories that we will never forget. I'll bet you love Montana's rivers and the fish they nurture just as much as I do. They flow through our land and bring cool, moist balance to a landscape that would otherwise be dry, bleached and brittle.

But our rivers are continually threatened by mis-use and over-use. If it isn't mining, it's dewatering by agriculture, pesticides, fertilizers, sewage, toxic spills or heavy metals in the sediments. We can protect our rivers by working together. Montana River Action is committed to protecting all of Montana's streams, water bodies, flood plains and wetlands, no matter what the threat. How can you help? By becoming a MRA member. We do not exchange, sell or give away addresses of our members.

Montana River Action is an all-volunteer, 501-C-3, non-profit river watchdog organization, governed by a board of active recreationists and conservationists. Our job is to make sure Montana's rivers are protected. If you are a boater, rafter, canoeist, kayaker or a stream walker, think about what our rivers mean to you and the good times you have had. You don't want to see your river polluted or dewatered down to puddles in the deeper pools with no flow in between. We will work with all agencies and organizations to make sure this does not happen.

Will Montana be the same without clean, clear rivers? I don't think so. By working together, we can continue to enjoy our rivers for a long time to come, then pass on this legacy – the love of rivers and the dedication of keeping them clean and free-flowing. We can stop destructive special interest legislation that would diminish our rivers. You can take pride in helping protect Montana's rivers. Join or renew your membership and make a difference for a river you love. A tax-deductible membership contribution of $25 works out to less than 7 cents a day. Our rivers are worth much more than that.

Sincerely,
Joe Gutkoski signature
Joe Gutkoski

P.S. The date on your address label is the date your membership expired.

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