"The Gallatin River Task Force is driven by one simple ambition… to make sure the Gallatin River flows with clean, cold, abundant water. Now and forever,” the organization website states. PHOTO COURTESY GRTF

Hooked on helping the Gallatin

Nonprofit moves to online auction and smaller groups for river clean-up

With beauty honored in film and revered by anglers, the Gallatin River is a part of the lifeblood of small mountain communities like Big Sky. Every year, dozens of volunteers gather and walk the banks of the river, collecting construction garbage and things that have blown out of the backs of trucks, bizarre garbage, batteries and lampshades – things that should never be found near a natural resource. One thousand pounds of trash was collected last year. This year – the hope is to make an even bigger impact.

On August 27-30 the Task Force will team up with the Gallatin Watershed Council to clean up the river from Yellowstone National Park to Belgrade. Teams will disperse across the area and target popular fishing accesses.

Group sizes will be smaller and what used to be done in a day will now take place over three days as a COVID-19 precaution against crowding.

Those interested in leading a team should email headwaters@gallatinrivertaskforce.org or bswc@gallatinwatershedcouncil.org

Folks can also make it a solo venture and drop-off trash at collection points – that are to be determined – in Big Sky or the Gallatin Valley.

On the 20 year anniversary of the Hooked on the Gallatin fundraising event, COVID-19 forced the organization to shift gears.

“Traditionally, the Task Force, our members, and our supporters meet along the banks of the river every summer for food, drink and entertainment. This year, things are different – but the mission is the same,” a Facebook post stated.

The “Hooked on the Gallatin 2020: Online Auction for Conservation” will continue the tradition of allowing supporters to bid on original artwork, handcrafted jewelry, travel opportunities “and much more.”

Items can be previewed beginning Aug. 7 and final bids must be entered by 9 p.m. on Aug. 14.

More information can be found at gallatinrivertaskforce.org or by visiting the Gallatin River Task Force Facebook page.

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