Mississippi River BasinPhoto Gallery

Headwater Usage


THE MISSOURI RIVER and its tributaries make the Mississippi the longest river in North America and fourth longest in the world. These waters have long provided many services for stakeholders in this basin. Downstream from the headwaters that begin in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the human footprint intensifies. Many meanders have been cut away to facilitate barge shipment of agricultural and industrial products from this watershed. Heavy damming and channelization of the Missouri has contributed to the area’s economy, but has also damaged its ecology and water quality. Now these aging dams are of limited use and are seen by many to be causing more problems than they are solving.

Madison R and I90 bridge, Three Forks MT
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Fishing on Madison R., Three Forks MT
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Irrigation, Jefferson River Basin MT
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Historic markers, Three Forks MT
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Fishing Flies, Bozeman MT
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Irrigation in Jefferson River Basin MT
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Main street of Bozeman MT
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Grizzly Bear Farm billboard, Bozeman MT
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Holcim Cement Kiln on Missouri River, Trident MT
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Rescued wolf (captive), Bozeman MT
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Rescued wolf (captive), Bozeman MT
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R-Y Timber Inc., Livingston MT
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