Gallatin River Algal Bloom – August 2018

The Gallatin River is experiencing a large, miles-long neon-green algal bloom for the first time in recent memory. The Algal Bloom: Waterkeeper first became aware of the emerging algal bloom on the Gallatin late July 2018.  A few members shared…

Comments on Proposed General Permit to Pollute Groundwater

The one element binding Montanans together across all lines is water.  Clean, readily available water is critical to the health and future of Montana’s rivers, landscapes, and communities. In Montana, any discharges of pollution to either surface water (think rivers,…

Lawsuit Challenging DEQ Approval of Invalid Pollution Permit

Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District of Montana, Lewis & Clark County, challenging the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) decision to issue a wastewater discharge permit that doesn’t comply with the Montana Water…

Notice of Intent to Sue EPA for Failure to Act on Montana’s New Water Quality Standards

Today we sent EPA a Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) under the federal Clean Water Act for failure to approve or disapprove Montana’s numeric nutrient water quality standards. Click here to read our NOI. Click here to read a…

Comments on New Ennis Wastewater Treatment Facility Pollution Permit

Ever visit Lake Ennis during a Montana summer? Have you seen algae, greenish waters and felt super warm temperatures? These conditions are often related to excessive nutrient and sediment loading to a waterbody. Many waterways in Southwest and West-Central Montana…