Federal Court Reverses Rollback of MT Nutrient Pollution Standard

On October 30, 2020 the Federal District Court of Montana Issued An Order In Our (Second) Nutrient Pollution Exemption Lawsuit Holding EPA & MT Accountable to Improve Wastewater Pollution Controls For Most of MT’s Largest Polluters In response to our…

Summer 2020 Neon-Green Algal Bloom on the Gallatin River

Once again Montana’s World-Famous Gallatin River is Experiencing a Miles-Long, Green Algal Bloom.  This “New Normal” is not, in fact, Normal. The Gallatin River is a jewel of our state and the treasured community backyard of Big Sky and Bozeman….

Big Trout Numbers Down in Upper Madison

The number of large brown and rainbow trout in the upper Madison River has declined below 20-year averages, and fisheries biologists are unsure why. “It’s been good to excellent recruitment for quite a while, but the adults aren’t there,” said…

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Rollback of MT’s Science-Based Nutrient Criteria

Today Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s February 2020 approval of a series of “Poison Pill” variance rules that undermine critical nutrient pollution controls for Montana waterways. This lawsuit is the latest action we’ve taken to protect…

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Massive Rollback of Clean Water Protections in Montana

Today we filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump EPA for eliminating longstanding Clean Water Act protections for the nation’s waters, including approximately half of all wetlands and potentially millions of miles of streams. The Trump rule…

Is the Proposed Great Falls Cheese Plant a Slaughterhouse in Disguise?

After almost a year without hearing a word about the controversial Madison Food Park Slaughterhouse outside Great Falls, there’s news… A Special Use Permit in Cascade County was filed by Big Sky Cheese, LLC and Madison Food Park, LLC on…

Federal Court Strikes Down Montana’s General Nutrient Variance Rule

A victory for healthy rivers and fishable, swimmable, drinkable water in Montana! The federal district court in Great Falls just issued an order in our long-standing lawsuit, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper v. EPA , holding that Montana’s 17-20 year general variance scheme and…

An Update on All Things Water & Big Sky, MT, Winter 2019

It’s late-winter 2019 and the Gallatin is covered in a snowy mantle, making it easy to forget last summer’s miles long, neon-green algal bloom and the reality that big water issues are looming in Big Sky, MT. Upgrading Wastewater Treatment…

Two Dirty Water Bills Moving In the 2019 Montana Legislature

We’re tracking bad legislation each Montana session that could undermine environmental protections for waterways and communities. Below are summaries of two nasty bills that would weaken key protections for fishable, swimmable, drinkable water in Montana. HB 625: Scrapping Science-Based Water…