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…

Gallatin River Algal Bloom – August 2018

The Gallatin River is experiencing a large, miles-long neon-green algal bloom for the first time in recent memory. The Algal Bloom: Waterkeeper first became aware of the emerging algal bloom on the Gallatin late July 2018.  A few members shared…

Public Land Sell-Out Threatens Big Hole & Beaverhead

This July the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted an obscure notice on its website that, for the first time in recent memory, it will lease more than 12,000 acres of public land in Beaverhead and Madison Counties for oil…

Invasive Aquatic Species in MT

The 2019 Montana Legislature will reconsider how it funds our state’s fight against Invasive Aquatic Species.  Unfortunately, there’s a proposal afloat to double fees on boaters and recreationalists while exempting hydropower, dams, and water utilities from being a part of…

Fighting Rollbacks of Clean Water Rules

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Push to Slash Protections for Waterways, Wetlands WASHINGTON— Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and partner conservation groups filed a lawsuit June 13th challenging two regulations that weaken Clean Water Act protections for rivers, streams, wetlands and other waterways, including…

Spring 2018 Updates On Beaverhead River Pollution Problems

On May 22, 2018 the public learned what’s causing nearly annual algal blooms and cloudy waters in the Beaverhead River. Expert scientists from the Bureau of Reclamation, Montana DEQ, and Montana FWP discussed recent late summer algal blooms & water…

Update on Montana’s Municipal Stormwater Permit

Too often we separate what happens in our rivers from the lives we live on land. The things we do here on land—drive, build, farm—have a big impact on our rivers and wetlands. Clean, healthy riparian areas, rivers, and wetlands…

Big Sky’s Future & the Gallatin River

The reality of living in Bozeman today is that the landscape is constantly changing with growth, sprawl, and expansion. There are several environmental non-profits that are actively working to protect our natural resources from irresponsible development. Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is…

Scoping Comments on Proposed Black Butte Mine

DEQ has begun the process of drafting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Black Butte Copper Project. We recently submitted comments regarding scoping (the initial process of determining what issues should be studied in the EIS). The scoping process gives the…