06/28 - 2019 Water Tour Goes West to Big Sky Country
The panoramic vistas of Yellowstone National Park and Montana’s “Big Sky Country” are the backdrop for the 2019 Nebraska Water and Natural Resources Tour.
Organized by the Nebraska Water Center (NWC) and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID), the 48th annual tour runs September 15-19 and begins and ends in Billings, MT.
The tour kicks off with a welcome reception in Billings the evening of Sunday, September 15. The following morning participants will travel to the University of Wyoming’s Research and Extension Center in Powell. Featured stops that afternoon include the historic 350-foot Buffalo Bill Dam and the Smithsonian-affiliated Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody.
Tuesday, September 17 will be dedicated to exploring Yellowstone National Park. Shane Doyle, a member of the Crow Tribe and a regional expert, will guide the tour through stops on scenic trails, hot springs and iconic features like Old Faithful Geyser. The day will conclude with time for dinner and shopping in West Yellowstone, the park’s gateway town.
The next day the tour moves north to Gallatin County and Big Sky Resort. The area offers a multitude of water issues and participants will explore how water is shared and managed amongst ski resorts, ecosystems, municipalities, and golf courses. In the afternoon, the tour will travel to Bozeman to meet with representatives from the Association of Gallatin Agricultural Irrigators (AGAI) – an organization that advocatess and protects water rights of the farming community.
The tour’s final day – Thursday, September 19 – will begin at the headwaters of the Missouri River outside Three Forks, MT. Following that, the tour turns east following the Musselshell River basin which has seen three 100-year floods in the past five years. A panel of local water managers, scientists and policymakers will discuss water management in an era of increasing weather extremes. The bus returns to Billings Thursday night to conclude the tour.
All tour participants are responsible for their own airfare/travel to and from Billings.
NWC Public Relations & Engagement Coordinator