River symposium to explore overview of Yellowstone’s health, usage

Montana Aquatic Resources Services, in conjunction with the Trout Unlimited Montana Water project, is hosting a two-day Yellowstone River Symposium at the Livingston Depot, Thursday April 27 and Friday April 28.
On Thursday there will be three educational panels featuring business owners, ranchers, biologists and local experts providing a holistic overview of the river’s health and how their communities were impacted by last summer’s whitefish kill. Panelists and speakers will share existing data and information from the kill, highlight case studies of local solutions and efforts, and outline models for future actions that could help to protect and preserve the river. The day will end with an interactive community engagement session, giving participants the opportunity to share their own experiences and ideas on how to protect and preserve the vitality of the river moving forward.
“Many of us have livelihoods that are connected to the Yellowstone River in some shape or form,” said Wendy Weaver, Executive Director of MARS. “This Symposium is a way to engage with all those who love the river and care about its health. Our goal is to spearhead a meaningful effort to learn about issues facing the river and develop a way to work together moving forward.”
Output from Thursday’s community engagement session will be used as a foundation for Friday’s Collaborative working session. Open to all, this session will be facilitated with an end goal of mapping out a framework for a grassroots effort to protect the Upper Yellowstone River.
The Symposium will end with an evening reception showing Ocean Media Institute’s recently released film, “Shape of a River,” at the Buckhorn Saloon Theatre.
To register visit http://montanaaquaticresources.org/events/

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