Poison Pesticide In Our Waters

We must stop the pesticide industry from viewing the Clean Water Act as nothing more than a nuisance.  Did you know that the House Rules Committee recently passed a controversial and dangerous piece of legislation that will now move to the…

2017 Federal Legislation & the Environment: What You Need to Know

Bad Bill Tracking A little over a week past, President Trump signed an executive order setting up “regulatory reform officers” and “task forces” within the agencies to help carry out the destruction of regulations. Stopping regulatory “overreach” is one thing, but destroying agencies…

Enough is Enough: Montana Cities Need to Get Serious About Clean Water

This October 2016 Upper Missouri Waterkeeper had the opportunity to participate in one of the more important events since the founding of our organization in 2013: the public hearing on the draft Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)…

Waterkeeper In the News

Have you seen Upper Missouri Waterkeeper in the newspaper? We’ve been hard at work spreading the clean water message – take a look below at a few public articles to which we contributed! New Water Forum discusses health of the…

Lawsuit Challenges EPA Approval of Weak Montana Pollution Rule

Earlier today Upper Missouri Waterkeeper sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its approval of Montana’s weak, so-called ‘variance standards’ for nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. These variance standards displace strong, science-based pollution limits Montana earlier found necessary to protect waterways and fisheries….

Comment on Montana’s Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards

Every three years the state of Montana must open up its water quality standards for rivers, lakes, and streams and review, revise, develop or adopt changes necessary to protect public health and welfare, enhance the quality of water, and serve the…

Update: General Stormwater Permit for Montana’s Large Cities

Did you know Upper Missouri Waterkeeper works with state officials and local, municipal leaders to protect urban creeks from stormwater pollution? It’s true!  One unique role Upper Missouri Waterkeeper plays is that of a public advocate for clean water in stakeholder groups at…

January 2016 Update

Happy New Year from your Clean Water Advocates! We are excited to share a quick program overview with you. The overview provides a good summary of actions Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is taking to protect rivers, fisheries and communities in the upcoming months. We…

Connecting Water Quantity & Quality Rules

Montanans understand that when it comes to water, we have to be smart, careful, and fair. Managing water wisely helps avoid the risk of overusing rivers, drying up pastures, harming fish and wildlife, hurting recreation, and leaving communities high and…

Beaverhead River Turbidity and Intense Algal Blooms

Beaverhead River Suffers Pollution Event for Second Consecutive Summer For the second summer in a row the Beaverhead River became markedly cloudy and its banks and back eddies were covered in intense algal blooms, including toxic blue-green algae above and…