Montana’s New General Permit for Construction Stormwater

Montana DEQ is nearly finished updating its rules addressing the pollution impacts of construction sites on local creeks and streams. Last week we submitted preliminary comments on DEQ’s rough draft General Permit for Construction Stormwater. What’s a Construction Stormwater General Permit? …

Bad State Water Policy: Weak Montana River Pollution Standards

The 2015 Montana Legislature passed – and Gov. Bullock failed to veto – SB 325.  This bill sets up a loophole that prohibits state env’tl regulatory agencies from setting water quality protections that are strong enough to protect Montana’s rivers and…

Cleaning Up Urban Stormwater Pollution

(BOZEMAN, MT) – Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a Complaint today, Friday December 30th, 2016, with the Montana 18th District Court challenging the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) new statewide, General Permit for municipal separate storm sewer systems (the MS4…

Smith Mine Update

This November 2016 Tintina Resources – the Australian backed company proposing a new copper mine in the headwaters of Montana’s famed Smith River – applied for a Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit (AKA, a dredge and fill permit) to…

Big Sky’s Big Water Challenges

For the past 6 months Upper Missouri Waterkeeper has been an official stakeholder in the ‘Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum.’  The Forum was created as a means to gather community input on how Big Sky can best address the diverse…

Enough is Enough: Montana Cities Need to Get Serious About Clean Water

This October 2016 Upper Missouri Waterkeeper had the opportunity to participate in one of the more important events since the founding of our organization in 2013: the public hearing on the draft Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)…

Waterkeeper In the News

Have you seen Upper Missouri Waterkeeper in the newspaper? We’ve been hard at work spreading the clean water message – take a look below at a few public articles to which we contributed! New Water Forum discusses health of the…

Waterkeeper Appeals Weak Pollution Limits for Beaverhead Hydroelectric Project

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016 Contact: Guy Alsentzer, Executive Director, 406.570.2202, Guy@UpperMissouriWaterkeeper.org Wade Fellin, Program Director, 406.570.5850, Wade@UpperMissouriWaterkeeper.org Waterkeeper Appeals Weak Pollution Limits for Beaverhead Hydroelectric Project Dillon, MT – Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed an appeal of the…

Yellowstone River Whitefish Die-Off

A microscopic parasite is destroying the fish population of the Yellowstone River, causing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to take the extraordinary step of closing a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone and its tributaries to all water-based recreation (fishing,…

Big Sky’s Water Challenges

Almost 50-years the creation of the resort community of Big Sky, Montana, the only thing not changing is the region’s popularity.  According to recent reports the small community is about 50% built-out and, along with the small headwaters town’s explosive growth, comes…