The Madison River Foundation and PPL Montana will co-host a public meeting Wednesday, June 20, about the condition of the Madison River and operations at PPL Montana’s Hebgen and Madison dams.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the Madison Valley Public Library, 210 E. Main Street in Ennis.
“The meeting will give people an opportunity to ask questions about PPL Montana’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license requirements for its operations on the Madison River, the company’s stewardship of public river and recreation resources, and dam safety program,” said Richard Lessner, executive director of the Madison River Foundation.
“It’s our hope that people who enjoy and depend on the river will attend the meeting to get solid, first-hand information from the people and organizations that help protect it,” Lessner said.
Representatives from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will also participate in the meeting. Other state and federal agencies have been invited to attend and comment.
“We’re looking forward to showing our neighbors in the Madison River Valley how we operate Hebgen and Madison dams to protect river and recreation resources while providing clean, renewable energy,” said David Hoffman, director of external affairs for PPL Montana.
PPL Montana engineers, resource coordinators and biologists will provide updates on the intake structure project at Hebgen Dam, how the company plans to control river temperatures and flows during the summer recreation season, and an overview of the health of the valuable fisheries habitat in the Madison River, Hoffman said.
The Madison River Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Ennis, Mont., with members in 40 states. Its mission is “to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River and its related ecosystem.”
PPL Montana provides safe, reliable energy from coal-fired power plants at Colstrip and Billings, as well as 11 hydroelectric plants along West Rosebud Creek and the Missouri, Madison, Clark Fork and Flathead rivers. It has a combined generating capacity of more than 1,200 megawatts and has offices in Billings, Butte and Helena. PPL Montana and its 500 employees are dedicated to Montana and its communities, supporting educational, environmental and economic development programs across the state. PPL EnergyPlus operates a trading floor in Butte that markets and sells power for PPL Montana in wholesale and retail energy markets throughout the western United States. PPL Montana and PPL EnergyPlus are subsidiaries of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL).