Packy Cronin

Paul “Packy” Cronin enjoys riding his mountain bike in the Lionshead area and is passionate about mountain bike access to public lands. PHOTO COURTESY PACKY CRONIN

Finding the time to ride

Paul “Packy” Cronin, likely the longest tenured member of any board in Big Sky history recently steppeddown as Big Sky County Water and Sewer district board president. After 19 years serving on the board and 20 years of living in Big Sky, he’s been no stranger to controversy.

A rainbow trout’s markings allow it to disappear into the crystal-clear waters of the Gallatin River near Swan Creek. This prized fishery is now the focus of debate about whether or not Big Sky should directly discharge treated waste water into the Gallatin.

Questions Remain

In the recently released Big Sky Area Sustainable Watershed Stewardship Plan, the authors write, “Water Forum stakeholders affirmed that direct discharge of treated wastewater effluent to the river systems would need to provide an ecological benefit and result in no negative impacts to the river systems.

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