Bad State Water Policy: Weak Montana River Pollution Standards

The 2015 Montana Legislature passed – and Gov. Bullock failed to veto – SB 325.  This bill sets up a loophole that prohibits state env’tl regulatory agencies from setting water quality protections that are strong enough to protect Montana’s rivers and…

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…

EPA Approves Montana’s Numeric Nutrient Rule Package

Last December 2014 we sent the EPA a Notice of Intent to Sue for their failure to take mandatory action on Montana’s recently submitted numeric nutrient water quality standards.  EPA acknowledged it was legally required to take action on Montana’s rule…

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…

Noxious Algae & Montana’s Clean Water

Noxious algae is in our lakes and rivers across Southwest and West-Central Montana. It also a fairly common problem this time of year. Warm, still, stagnant water with too many nutrients almost inevitably results in big algae blooms.  In turn,…

Montana Passes New Nutrient Standards for Surface Waters

After years of study and stakeholder engagement, this July 2014 the Montana Dept. of Environmental Protection and Board of Environmental Review  finalized and adopted a joint rule package concerning new water quality standards and implementing regulations, respectively, which revise limits…