Decline to Sign Initiative 191.

Initiative 191 would subject large stretches of the Gallatin & Madison rivers to the same strict regulations currently found only in national parks and wilderness areas. We all value clean water, which is why Montana has already enacted some of the toughest water quality laws in the country. Initiative 191 would override the existing protections Montanans worked together to put in place. The result would destroy the Montana way of life by severely restricting ranchers from watering livestock, farmers from irrigating, halting current conservation projects, and limiting fishing access.

Initiative 191 shuts down public access

Initiative 191 would reduce access to about 110 miles of the Gallatin & Madison rivers, their tributaries, and surrounding trails. If you’re a hunter, hiker, fisher, floater, or are just committed to preserving Montanans’ rights to access public land, then you should decline to sign Initiative 191.

Initiative 191 shuts down conservation projects

I-191 would halt current projects conducted by conservation groups aimed at restoring the Gallatin & Madison rivers and protecting habitat. Protect our precious water resources by declining to sign Initiative 191.

Initiative 191 shuts down family agriculture

Initiative 191 impacts generational farming and ranching families by preventing irrigation and stock water usage on 110 miles of the Gallatin & Madison rivers and inflowing streams in the affected area. Protect Montana ag by declining to sign Initiative 191.

Coalition Members

  • Association of Gallatin Agricultural Irrigators
  • Big Sky Chamber of Commerce
  • Bozeman Chamber of Commerce
  • Citizens for Balanced Use
  • Hospitality & Development Association of Montana
  • Houser Engineering
  • Lone Mountain Land Company
  • Montana Association of Realtors
  • Montana Association of State Grazing Districts
  • Montana Bankers Association
  • Montana Chamber of Commerce
  • Montana Contractors’ Association
  • Montana Farm Bureau Federation
  • Montana Grain Growers Association
  • Montana Outfitters & Guides Association
  • Montana Public Lands Council
  • Montana Stockgrowers Association
  • Montana Water Resources Association
  • Montana Wood Products Association
  • Montana Woolgrowers Association
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Senior Water Rights Coalition
  • Treasure State Resource Association
  • United Property Owners of Montana
  • Walker Excavation

Montana Farm Bureau Federation – Ennis Town Hall

Montana Farm Bureau Federation – Ennis Town Hall Video

Sen. Walt Sales discusses I-191 at the May 19 Transportation Interim Committee

Stop I-191 Panel at the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Regional Update Seminar

Stop I-191 Panel at the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Regional Update Seminar

Kendall Cotton: Eroding Montana’s Constitution

Shortly after celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Montana’s Constitution, a proposed ballot measure appears to be an attempt to cast it aside. Backers of I-191 seek voter approval to designate the Gallatin and Madison River watersheds as Outstanding Resource Waters (ORW), a protected status only found in national parks and wilderness. In doing so,…

Ballot measure I-191 carries unintended consequences

While the proposed ballot measure in theory seeks to protect our waterways, it was abundantly clear that I-191 would cut important regulatory corners and would lead to unintended consequences. I am particularly concerned about two.