Federal Court Strikes Down Montana’s General Nutrient Variance Rule

A victory for healthy rivers and fishable, swimmable, drinkable water in Montana! The federal district court in Great Falls just issued an order in our long-standing lawsuit, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper v. EPA , holding that Montana’s 17-20 year general variance scheme and…

An Update on All Things Water & Big Sky, MT, Winter 2019

It’s late-winter 2019 and the Gallatin is covered in a snowy mantle, making it easy to forget last summer’s miles long, neon-green algal bloom and the reality that big water issues are looming in Big Sky, MT. Upgrading Wastewater Treatment…

Two Dirty Water Bills Moving In the 2019 Montana Legislature

We’re tracking bad legislation each Montana session that could undermine environmental protections for waterways and communities. Below are summaries of two nasty bills that would weaken key protections for fishable, swimmable, drinkable water in Montana. HB 625: Scrapping Science-Based Water…

The Trump EPA’s Dirty Water Rule Is Here, And It’s Bad News For Montana

Background The Trump EPA has released a proposed rule that will dramatically reduce the scope of waters protected by the Clean Water Act. This proposal is the worst rollback of Clean Water Act protections in history. The proposal redefines what…

Success – BLM Again Defers Beaverhead/Big Hole Oil & Gas Leasing!

Oil and gas leasing on 12,889 acres of public land in Beaverhead and Madison counties has been deferred indefinitely, once again, by the BLM. While this decision is certainly a small victory for the Beaverhead and Big Hole, and make…

The Trump EPA is Attacking the Clean Water Act

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced a dangerous new rule to narrowly redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The federal Clean Water Act is a crucial piece of legislation that protects clean drinking water for…

Take Action (AGAIN): Tell BLM Southwest Montana Is No Place For Oil & Gas Development!

The BLM is trying to sell off your public lands near the Big Hole & Beaverhead Rivers, AGAIN! The Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed March 2019 lease sales of public land in Southwest Montana for oil & gas development is now…

Protecting the Gallatin in the Face of Big Sky’s Big Growth

At its most basic, the central issue confronting Big Sky is whether growth will protect the very foundation of this community’s success: clean water and healthy landscapes. The question is whether Big Sky will do it right, take responsibility for…

Talking Points: Public Comment on the Draft CAFO General Permit

Montana DEQ is revising its permit that addresses the water pollution and health impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).  You can comment in-person at a hearing Monday August 19th or through written comments due Friday August 24th. Livestock farming…

Take Action: Tell BLM Southwest Montana Is No Place For Oil & Gas Development

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed December 2018 lease sales of public land in Southwest Montana for oil & gas development is now available for public comment. The public lands proposed for sale this December are exclusively intended for oil…