Cleaning Up Urban Stormwater Pollution

(BOZEMAN, MT) – Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a Complaint today, Friday December 30th, 2016, with the Montana 18th District Court challenging the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) new statewide, General Permit for municipal separate storm sewer systems (the MS4…

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 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,…

Hot Topic: SB325 state workgroup

SB 325, originally sponsored by Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte, prohibits the Board of Environmental Review (BER) from establishing water quality standards stringent enough to protect Montana’s rivers and streams, and will have a particular impact on irrigators on southeast Montana tributaries,…

Update: Copper Mine at Headwaters of Smith River

This Fall 2015 we expect Tintina Resources, a mining exploration company, to submit an official application to the state of Montana to develop a copper mine in the Sheep Cr. river valley, a headwater of Montana’s famed Smith River.  In…

River Report Cards

    Landscapes and waterways of Southwest and West‐Central Montana are changing. Population growth, evolving land uses, and climate change are affecting local fisheries and water quality from the main‐stem Missouri to headwaters in the Big Hole. These threats affect…