Great Falls Tribune –
In 1961, George Machler hopped on a bulldozer and began moving earth on his land on the edge of this central Montana community.
When he was done, 8/10ths of a mile of meandering, trout-filled Big Spring Creek crossing his land no longer meandered. It flowed straight.
“They made a ditch basically,” said Clint Smith, a fisheries biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
There was a silver lining.