The Dam That Never Was


Marcus Hocket

Executive Producer

Randy Newberg


David Samollow


Additional Cinematography
Michael Parente, RJ Sindelar, Dale Evans and David Samollow

With the steadfast efforts of dedicated conservationists, fishermen and biologists, a dam has never been built on the Yellowstone River. It is truly a remarkable feat. As the longest free-flowing river in the Lower 48, the Yellowstone is a treasure; a nearly pristine waterway that cuts through Montana and Wyoming from its headwaters in the Absaroka Range, just outside of Yellowstone National Park. There is no doubt that we would not have the same river we have today if a dam had been built in the name of progress. Its waters are dear to Randy Newberg and with the help of Mike Duncan, a fisheries biologist on the Yellowstone and Jim Posewitz, a conservation legend, another chapter in its history can be told.

From Randy’s YouTube channel:

Numerous stories have brought light to the troublesome nature of damming our wild rivers. The waterway loses its attitude and beauty. Native fish, wildlife and habitats suffer in the name of “progress.” This story however, is not of a river lost, but the story of a river saved. The Yellowstone river is the longest un-dammed river in the lower 48. Had it not been for the foresight of key individuals, the spectacular Paradise valley, would be under water and the downstream communities would dry like the river itself.

Follow fisheries biologist, Mike Duncan, as he travels the length of the river meeting with Jim Posewitz, a key advocate who helped stop the dam. Mike explores the recreational opportunities while showing how much we would have lost had the Allenspur Dam been built.

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