Biden EPA Pushes to Repeal Trump Administration’s Dirty Water Rule

The EPA announced its intent to revise ‘Waters of the United States,’ restoring protections to more than half of Montana’s waterways. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States”…

FAQs: Eliminating Numeric Water Quality Standards Lets Big Polluters Off the Hook

What’s the big deal with Senate Bill 358 (2021) and Upper Missouri Waterkeeper’s Petition to the EPA?Senate Bill 358 represents the first time in our nation’s history that a state eliminated strong, science-based nutrient standards protecting rivers from harmful algae…

UMW Waterway Watch Bulletin: June 2021

A Word From Your Waterway Watchdogs Watch Bulletin: June 2021 Welcome to the Upper Missouri Waterkeeper’s Waterway Watch Bulletin! This summer we’ll be patrolling the waterways of the Upper Missouri River Basin – from the Missouri, to Ten Mile Creek,…

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Petitions EPA to Disapprove Montana’s Changes to Water Quality Standards

Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a legal petition to Michael Regan, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition requests the agency exercise its oversight authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine that changes to Montana’s…

Another Blow to Montana’s Rivers, Clean Water, and Fish – Gianforte’s FWP Drifts Away From Science

Governor Gianforte’s Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Director Hank Worsech has announced a shift in the direction the agency will take in the coming years, including moving away from long-term scientific research and inexplicably putting important fish restoration projects…

Governor Gianforte Sold Montana Down the River, Signing SB 358 Into Law

On April 30, 2021 Governor Gianforte signed the most egregious dirty water bill from this year’s Legislative Session, Senate Bill 358, into law, selling Montana and clean water down the river. SB 358 revises Montana’s water quality standards in two…

UMW Joins Letter to Interior Dept. Seeking Reforms on Public Lands Oil and Gas Leasing

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper joined nearly 40 other conservation organizations to push the Department of Interior to reform the antiquated federal onshore oil and gas leasing program that directly threatens Montana’s Big Hole and Beaverhead river valleys in a letter sent…

UMW and Fly Fishing Lodges Ask Governor to Veto SB 358

Today, the Big Hole Lodge and Firehole Ranch joined Upper Missouri Waterkeeper in sending the following letter to Governor Gianforte: April 14, 2021 Dear Governor Gianforte: On behalf of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Big Hole Lodge, and Firehole Ranch, we are…