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,…

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…

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…

Public Mtg About Upper Beaverhead Summer 2015 Conditions

Taking Steps to Address Water Quality Concerns on the Upper Beaverhead River In late summer of 2014, the water of the Upper Beaverhead River became markedly cloudy – or turbid. Biologists took note and monitored the conditions, and the river…

Microplastics Study on the Gallatin!

The Gallatin River carries the mountain toward the sea. It carries our communities and our livelihoods. It carries our stories and dreams. And this river also carries something more ominous in its waters: Our garbage. Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is partnering with…

Testimony on “Waters of the United States” Rule Before Montana Legislators

On Thursday, September 3, 2015 we provided testimony and answered questions from the Montana Legislature’s Water Policy Committee concerning the EPA and Army Corps’ new “Waters of the United States” rule, AKA the “Clean Water Rule.” Montana’s Legislature convenes biannually…

Opposing Bad Hydropower Legislation

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is working with a broad coalition in opposing proposed federal legislation that would gut important rules concerning hydropower regulation.  The 25,000 sq. miles of SW and West-Central Montana’s Upper Missouri River Basin possess nearly a dozen dams,…

Advocacy Update: Improved Suction Dredge Permit

Earlier this year Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted technical comments to the Montana DEQ concerning draft revisions to its Suction Dredging General Permit.  Click here to learn more about suction dredge mining. The good news is that DEQ’s final permit, issued…

Join Us @ the Moods of the Madison Festival!

We are excited to announce we’re partnering with the 2015 Madison Music Festival to share more information about the Madison Watershed, other SW Montana rivers, and how folks can get involved to help protect these special places! Healthy, clean waterways…

Earth Day in Montana

Today we celebrate the 45th Earth Day and remember the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand clean water, clean air and the protection of America’s natural resources. That first Earth Day…