Press Release

Montanans Support Pallid Sturgeon over Dam in New Poll

Kari Birdseye, 415-875-8243; kbirdseye@nrdc.org

Leigh Anne Tiffany, Defenders of Wildlife; (202) 772-0259; ltiffany@defenders.org
Scott Bosse, American Rivers; (406) 570-0455; sbosse@americanrivers.org
Ben Tulchin, Tulchin Research; (415) 576-1072; ben@tulchinresearch.com  

Montana voters support removing the Intake Diversion Dam on the Yellowstone River and replacing it with a pump alternative, according to a recent poll conducted by Tulchin Research.

More than 8-in-10 likely Montana voters support protecting the pallid sturgeon. Over 60 percent of likely Montana voters chose the irrigation pump alternative over the new dam and bypass channel alternative, and 2:1 support the pump alternative even with a higher cost.

For additional results, please refer to this memo. The poll was funded by American Rivers, Defenders of Wildlife and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Statements:

Scott Bosse, Northern Rockies director for American Rivers: “Montanans take great pride in the fact that the Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. It’s no place for an ill-conceived new dam that would harm fish and waste taxpayer dollars.”

Matt Skoglund, Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Northern Rockies office in Bozeman, Montana: “An open-river alternative is precisely the kind of smart infrastructure investment we should be making – a win-win solution that meets the needs of the irrigators while also ensuring that the endangered pallid sturgeon and other fish can survive and thrive in the iconic Yellowstone River.”

Aaron Hall, Rockies and Plains representative for Defenders of Wildlife: “We have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment for our children and grandchildren. This poll shows that Montanans support what we have been fighting for all along: an open river for the pallid sturgeon and other native fish, with pumps to deliver water to irrigators.”

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Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With more than 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit www.defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

American Rivers works to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers across the country through Wild and Scenic designations, advocacy campaigns, dam removals, and other on-the-ground projects. We have offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers from all fifty states, including more than 3,000 in Montana. Visit us at www.americanrivers.org and follow us on Twitter @americanrivers.

Tulchin Research is an award-winning public opinion research firm that specializes in polling and strategic consulting for candidates for elected office, ballot measures, non-profits, foundations, and labor unions around the country. Visit us at www.tulchinresearch.com and follow us on Twitter @TulchinResearch

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