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…

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…