Proposed Clean Water Act Rule & Montana’s Waterways

Last Friday we joined Waterkeeper Alliance in submitting these technical comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning its proposed, revised rules defining the jurisdiction of the federal Clean Water Act. We support the Proposed Rule to the extent that it maintains…

Stormwater Permits for Montana’s Smaller Cities

On October 17, 2014 the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) published notice of its intent to issue a  stormwater permit covering discharges from small Montana municipalities. Stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water quality impairment in…

“Waters of the United States” Rulemaking & Montana

On April 21, 2014, EPA and the Corps proposed sweeping changes to the nearly 40-year-old regulatory definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The legal definition of “waters of the United States” is…

Comments on Revisions to Montana’s Stormwater Rules

This August 2014 the Montana Board of Environmental Review (BER) proposed amendments to rules concerning stormwater regulations. Read BER’s proposed rules by clicking here. As a delegated state with authority to implement the federal Clean Water Act, Montana splits authority over…

Noxious Algae & Montana’s Clean Water

Noxious algae is in our lakes and rivers across Southwest and West-Central Montana. It also a fairly common problem this time of year. Warm, still, stagnant water with too many nutrients almost inevitably results in big algae blooms.  In turn,…

Montana Passes New Nutrient Standards for Surface Waters

After years of study and stakeholder engagement, this July 2014 the Montana Dept. of Environmental Protection and Board of Environmental Review  finalized and adopted a joint rule package concerning new water quality standards and implementing regulations, respectively, which revise limits…

Montana Attorney General Rebuked; Brief Filed in Support of Clean Water

Why is Montana’s Attorney General – Tim Fox – trying to stop pollution clean-up on the East Coast? Over 3,000 miles away, our nation’s largest estuary – the Chesapeake Bay – is the subject of a comprehensive TMDL (aka a…