NEWS

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…

Big Sky Water – Bozeman Public Mtg 9/18 + Talking Points

Join us next Monday Sept. 18th 2017 at 6pm in the Bozeman Public Library to learn more about the challenges and opportunities confronting clean water in Big Sky, MT. For the past 9 months Upper Missouri Waterkeeper has been an…

Informal Comments on SB 325 – More Polluter Exemptions

We’ve submitted comments to DEQ on its draft implementing rules for Senate Bill 325 including, notably, another “variance” rule that would exempt certain polluters from doing their part to reduce pollution to Montana waterways. The effect of SB 325’s variance rule…

Information Act Request Concerning Montana’s New Nutrient Variance Rule

The Freedom of Information Act (5 USC § 552) (FOIA) is one of the most important legal tools citizens and reporters have for furthering government transparency and accountability in the United States. FOIA is an acronym for the Freedom of…

Pruitt’s EPA Proposes Removal of Clean Water Protections

Continuing its march toward elimination of key Clean Water Act protections, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a formal notice of withdrawal for the Obama administration’s rule defining which waters can be protected against pollution and destruction under…

Comments on New River Pollution ‘Variance’ Rule

Last week we submitted technical comments to the Montana Board of Environmental Review opposing the Dept. of Environmental Quality’s draft new ‘variance’ rule allegedly implementing Senate Bill 325 of the 2015 Legislative Session.   Click here to read our technical…

Oppose the “Regulatory Accountability Act” – URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Montana! We want to alert you all about a bad federal bill making its way through Congress that, if passed, would make it much harder for environmental agencies to create rules protecting clean water and healthy landscapes. Senate bill 951, the “Regulatory…