Nine projects get funding from River Fund Trust, NorthWestern

From NorthWestern Energy and staff reports

NorthWestern Energy and the Missouri-Madison River Fund Trust announced nine public recreation improvement projects have been awarded grant and matching money.

NorthWestern’s $196,500 in funding and $511,538 from the river fund will be combined with $361,928 from agency and project partners to complete nine projects totaling more than $1 million this year.

Many of the projects are in the Helena area, including Gates of the Mountain, Holter Lake and several at Hauser Lake. And there are funds for the Craig fishing access site, according to a news release from NorthWestern.

NorthWestern said it will contribute an additional $539,023 to state, federal and local agencies for operation and maintenance work at existing recreation sites.

These efforts were included in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project 2188 hydroelectric license in the 1990s to ensure that public recreation sites, facilities, and opportunities remain available into the future.

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“NorthWestern Energy and its employees are proud to support the Missouri-Madison River Fund Trust, a  unique private-public partnership to improve and maintain public recreation facilities and opportunities on these great rivers,” said NorthWestern Energy Hydropower License Compliance Manager Andy Welch.


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