Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Millions of Acres of Wetlands, Waterways

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule today rolling back protections for millions of acres of wetlands, vernal pools, and other waterways. The rule opens the door for more pollution and toxic waste dumping in rivers, streams, and…

Latest EPA Rule Attempts to Gut States’ Rights

The Environmental Protection Agency has just proposed a rule that would severely limit state authority to ensure that federally licensed pipelines, coal terminals, LNG facilities and other major energy infrastructure projects will not violate state water quality laws. Innocently titled “Updating…

Is the Proposed Great Falls Cheese Plant a Slaughterhouse in Disguise?

After almost a year without hearing a word about the controversial Madison Food Park Slaughterhouse outside Great Falls, there’s news… A Special Use Permit in Cascade County was filed by Big Sky Cheese, LLC and Madison Food Park, LLC on…

EPA Backpedals, Reinterprets Clean Water Act to Add Loophole

A year ago, we warned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering creating a massive loophole in the Clean Water Act. EPA is now moving forward with this and has released an interpretation of the Act that would…

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…