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…

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…

Riparian Buffers PSA

Riparian buffers are important for good water quality in Montana! We worked with Sunrise Flyshop, a leading guide and outfitter shop located in Melrose, Montana, to put together this Riparian Buffers video showing incredible flyover footage of the Big Hole…

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…

2015 and Our Community Promise

Water is clear. And so should be our intentions. Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is excited to enter 2015 with a number of important clean water campaigns essential to ensuring that, on one hand,  Montana possesses strong clean water protections, and on…

Stormwater Permits for Montana’s Smaller Cities

On October 17, 2014 the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) published notice of its intent to issue a  stormwater permit covering discharges from small Montana municipalities. Stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water quality impairment in…

MS4 Permits & Stormwater Woes

Growing communities across Southwest and West-Central Montana are faced with the problem of identifying and addressing serious stormwater pollution issues. What’s an MS4? MS4s (AKA Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) are permited entities under the Federal Clean Water Act, designed…

Field Survey: Lower Jefferson River, Whitehall-Cardwell

The Lower Jefferson watershed of SW Montana is an interesting case-study in land management. The river is heavily tapped for water rights, by local agricultural land use, and of course supports local fisheries and macroinvertebrate populations. Last Friday one of…