NEWS

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…