We’re Hiring – Join Our Waterkeeper Team!

  Job Announcement: Outreach Director The Organization  Upper Missouri Waterkeeper (UMW) is a grassroots-based, regional nonprofit organization that serves as a public advocate for clean water and healthy communities in Southwest and West-Central Montana.  We investigate pollution issues, patrol landscapes…

Montanans Deserves Environmental Protections, Even During the Coronavirus Crisis

Montanans deserve government agencies willing to protect us from public health threats – our taxes pay for it and our state constitution demands it. The COVID-19 pandemic makes this truth more evident and urgent than ever.  However, the US Environmental…

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…

EPA Disapproves Revised Montana Nutrient Variance Rule

On February 24, 2020 EPA acted on Montana DEQ’s November 2019 submission of revised nutrient variance rules and ‘disapproved’ the revised rule package. EPA’s February 24, 2020 Letter to MDEQ disapproves the recently submitted and revised variance rule, but also…

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…

Undermining A Fundamental Environmental Law: What Proposed Revisions to the NEPA Mean For Montana

Since 1970 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been a vital tool for the public to ensure that decisions made by federal agencies that impact the environment are made in a transparent, well-informed manner. NEPA requires agencies to take…

Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Millions of Acres of Wetlands, Waterways

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule today rolling back protections for millions of acres of wetlands, vernal pools, and other waterways. The rule opens the door for more pollution and toxic waste dumping in rivers, streams, and…

Our Waterways Aren’t Sewers – Let’s Stop Treating Them That Way

The Clean Water Act was passed in recognition of the fact that we should not be using our waterways as sewers, but incredibly, primarily due to outdated infrastructure, sewage spills still occur regularly around the country, leading to unsafe water…

Latest EPA Rule Attempts to Gut States’ Rights

The Environmental Protection Agency has just proposed a rule that would severely limit state authority to ensure that federally licensed pipelines, coal terminals, LNG facilities and other major energy infrastructure projects will not violate state water quality laws. Innocently titled “Updating…