Smith Mine Update

This November 2016 Tintina Resources – the Australian backed company proposing a new copper mine in the headwaters of Montana’s famed Smith River – applied for a Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit (AKA, a dredge and fill permit) to…

Comments on Montana’s General Permit for Suction Dredging

On March 30th, 2015 we submitted these technical comments to the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality concerning its proposed renewal of a General Permit for Suction Dredge operations.   Montana administers a federally-delegated permit program that regulates how, where, and when…

New Mining, Headwater Creeks & Community Health

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is reviewing several new mining proposals that affect headwater creeks and community health outside Pony, MT.   Since 2012, small mining operators have conducted so-called “reclamation” activities in the headwater drainages of Pony Creek, NE of the…

Comments on Barrett Minerals Mining Permit

Today Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Inc., Cottonwood Environmental Law Center and Montana River Action submitted this Barrett Minerals Permit Renewal Comment Letter to the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality concerning a permit application. The Treasure Mine, located about 20 miles northeast of Dillon…

Protecting Our Headwaters: Proposed Mining in the Smith Watershed

How many of you have visited the epic Smith River in West-Central Montana? We have, and we treasure not just the scenic viewshed and untarnished landscapes, but especially the Smith’s clean water. Headwaters of the Smith – including seeps, springs,…