Protecting Water Quality at Bozeman’s Story Mill Community Park

Land use planning – from stream setbacks to clustering and density – is an important pollution prevention and control strategy. One example of progressive land use planning in Montana is the Story Mill Community Park.  Millions of public & private…

A Madison River Recreation Plan Is In The Works

The Madison River is not only a key headwater to the Missouri, it is also one of Montana’s most heavily used rivers. In the face of mounting fishing pressure Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are undertaking a new River Recreation…

Waterkeeper – Big Hole River Foundation Monitoring Collaboration

River conservation groups across the country work tirelessly to protect and restore our favorite trout streams. But are we as effective as we could be? Three river conservation groups in Southwest Montana are banding together to answer just that.  We’re…

Waterkeeper Litigation Update 2018

Citizens are one of a nation’s greatest resources for enforcing environmental laws and regulations. We know the country’s land, natural attributes, and values more intimately than government ever will.   A bird-watcher walking in the woods sees chemical waste flowing through a…

The Proposed ‘Madison Farms’ Slaughterhouse

Did you know the largest industrial-scale slaughterhouse in the Pacific Northwest is proposed for just south of Great Falls? WHO:  In late summer 2017 the Cascade County Planning Division received a Special Use Permit application to allow Madison Food Park, LLC to operate a…

U.S. Legislative Update (On All Things Water)

It’s tough staying on top of what’s happening in Washington D.C., let alone know what proposed Congressional bills mean for waterways and Montana. For this reason we’ve compiled a Fall 2017 Legislative Update on all things water. Take a look…

Smith River Mine Updates & Public Hearings

This summer 2017, the Montana DEQ determined that the proposed Black Butte Copper Project, AKA the proposed Smith Mine outside White Sulphur Springs, has submitted a “technically complete” application and therefore it was starting the environmental review process. Determining that…

Fighting Attempts to Weaken the Clean Water Rule

New EPA and Army Corps’ attempts to revoke Clean Water Act protections from waters is an illegal effort that unnecessarily risks drinking water, public health, and river health. Yesterday, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper joined more than one-hundred clean water organizations in submitting two…