Information on Proposed Water Resource Development on the Yellowstone River, Montana


The documents listed on this webpage were used during the planning of the 1980s Susitna Hydroelectric Project (SuHydro) by the ADF&G Aquatic Studies team for developing instream flow and water level methodologies in Alaska, and ARLIS has selected them as supporting research materials for the 2011-2017 Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project (SuWa) studies.   Water resource development on the Yellowstone River was proposed and studied in the 1970s, and documentation about that is pertinent to hydroelectric power planning on the Susitna River, Alaska, as both rivers are among the longest undammed rivers in the United States.


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The Yellowstone Concerto

Yellowstone Concerto title screen

A Montana Fish and Game Commission Documentary by Craig E. Sharpe.   Written by James Posewitz, Craig Sharpe.   Narrator, Sandy Kenyon.   Music score by Jack Sawyer, Kevin Pederson.

Length: 32 minutes.   Filmed in 1976.   Originally released as a motion picture in February 1977.   Later redistributed by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.   Transferred from motion picture film to VHS tape, which was later transferred to digital format in 2015.

Susitna Hydroelectric Power number:   APA 4147 video

To view the video:

Summary:   This documentary film was instrumental in promoting public awareness of the Yellowstone River and in ultimately securing water reservations in the name of fish and wildlife that will preserve the river's instream flow.   The river had been threatened with the prospect of water diversion and plans for a dam near Livingston, so in order to promote a plea to protect the river, the Montana Department of Fish and Game released this film and a special issue of "Montana outdoors" (vol. 8, no. 6) devoted to the Yellowstone River.

For a full bibliographic description and listing of all copies, view the catalog record: In the SusitnaDocFinder or in ARLIS's regular catalog.



Supplementary information about The Yellowstone Concerto

ARLIS staff compiled this supplement to the video.   Is a printed collection of the articles about the film from "Montana Outdoors" (vol. 8, no. 6, page 12; and vol. 15, no. 3, page 12) accompanied by the preliminary pages of those issues along with a permission statement to display the video.

Susitna Hydroelectric Power number:   APA 4147 suppl.



Montana Outdoors.   Vol. 8, no. 2

Cover title:   Montana Outdoors. Special Issue.

Helena, MT : Montana Dept. of Fish and Game, [1977]

45 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map.

Susitna Hydroelectric Power number:   APA 4147

Summary:   The Yellowstone River had been threatened with the prospect of water diversion and plans for a dam near Livingston, Montana, in the 1970s.   In response, the Montana Department of Fish and Game released this special issue of Montana Outdoors devoted to the Yellowstone River and produced the film The Yellowstone Concerto in order to promote its plea to protect the river from development that would affect the instream flow and river ecology.

For a full bibliographic description, view the catalog record: In the SusitnaDocFinder or in ARLIS's regular catalog.



Why the Paradise Valley isn't underwater / by Nick Bergmann.

An article from:   Montana Outdoors.   May/June 2007.

Helena, MT : Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, [2017]

Physical description:   page 34 : color illustration.

Susitna Hydroelectric Power number:   APA 4175

Summary:   In the early 1970s, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed building an array of coal-fired power plants, dams, and aqueducts in the northern plains.   The plan, in part, would have diverted 30% of Yellowstone River's annual flow and flooded part of Paradise Valley.   Many persons in Montana banded together to fight the impoundment of Paradise Valley.   This short article describes the events and tells how the film The Yellowstone Concerto, produced by Jim Posewitz, played a role.   The article is of particular relevance to ARLIS's Susitna Hydroelectric Project collection because the last paragraph mentions this ARLIS webpage as a source for these documents on the preservation of the Yellowstone River.



Yellowstone Impact Study Technical Report

Helena, MT : Water Resources Division, Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation.

Published in July 1977 except for no. 4 published in 1978 (although it states July 1977 on the cover).

11 volumes ; 18 cm.

Susitna Hydroelectric Power number:   APA 4155

Summary:   This is an eleven-volume set published by Water Resources Division of the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation in 1977 to 1978 on proposed water resources development on the Yellowstone River.

For a bibliographic description of the set, view the catalog record: In the SusitnaDocFinder or in ARLIS's regular catalog.

Links to the catalog records of individual volumes appear on the webpage for the entire set.



Order of Board of Natural Resources Establishing Water Reservations.

Approved December 15, 1978 by Montana Board of Natural Resources and Conservation.

At head of title on page 1:   Before the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation of the State of Montana.

374 pages ; 28 cm.

Susitna Hydroelectric Power number:   APA 4172

For a full bibliographic description, view the catalog record: In the SusitnaDocFinder or in ARLIS's regular catalog.