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Groups object to logging near Helena water source

By The Associated Press
Published On: Oct 05 2013 10:54:32 AM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

Two environmental groups are objecting to a logging plan near a water flume that supplies the bulk of drinking water to 30,000 Helena residents.
    
The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/16LwRPT) in a story on Saturday that the Montana Ecosystems Defense Council and Native Ecosystems Council contend the plan is flawed.
    
Acting Helena Forest Supervisor Bill Avey in August approved the Red Mountain Chessman Reservoir Project that officials say is needed to clear dead and hazardous trees from about 5 miles of the metal flume.
    
Officials say the flume would be threatened in the event of a wildfire that could also lead to sedimentation.
    
But the environmental groups contend cutting 490 acres of a healthy watershed and building new roads is a bad idea.