Posted: Sep 3, 2013 8:58 PM by Laura Wilson - MTN News
It's been a just a couple months since the full span of the Whitefish River was opened back up to the public, as a result of an EPA cleanup project.
But residents may see some new restriction on the popular river in the near future - one that doesn't exist on any other Montana river.
Tuesday night, Whitefish City Council discussed a proposed petition, asking Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to prohibit motorized boats along a six mile stretch of the Whitefish River.
The designated area would run between the railroad trestle and the Highway 40 Bridge.
The same proposal was made in 2007, but was later withdrawn.
This year, council member Richard Hildner reintroduced his idea to the public.
Whitefish City Manager Chuck Stearns said, "He's concerned about safety of boaters because jet skis now can go a lot faster, and not be able to stop that quickly. He's also concerned about erosion of the river banks, because the motorized [boats] create little bit of a wake."
The petition must first be approved by the City Council before heading to Montana FWP.