06 Jul '11, 7pm

Oil Spill on the Yellowstone River Hits Close to Home

Less than a mile from our office, as I write this, snowmelt from the Northern Rockies screams downstream in the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone – the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states – is an iconic, wild American river, and, around here, people simply call it The River. The Yellowstone begins in the wild, roadless southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It flows north and east for almost 700 miles before it joins the Missouri River in western North Dakota. I have floated several miles of the Yellowstone, fished it many times, hunted ducks with my dog on it, backpacked alongside it with my wife and friends, and slept next to it. The Yellowstone River is an American treasure. As such, when I returned this week after spending the long holiday weekend camping in and exploring a remote mountain valley near the Montana and Idaho border – blissfu...

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