FAQs: Round 2 – Montana Proposes Eliminating Numeric Water Quality Standards (Again)

What prompted this rulemaking and the elimination of Montana’s numeric nutrient criteria? Short Answer: DEQ was directed to eliminate numeric nutrient criteria by Senate Bill 358 of the 2021 Legislative Session. Long Answer: In 2014, Montana adopted precedent-setting numeric nutrient…

Fisheries biologists report trout population declines while anglers tout great days on the water – How can both be true?

Our Save Wild Trout campaign has been working over the winter with our lead scientist, Dr. Kyle Flynn, to develop a basin-wide water quality monitoring program for this upcoming field season. One of the main concerns we’ve heard from people…

Big Sky Subdivision Phase Greenlit by County; Groups Demand DEQ Conduct Public Process on Impacts to Impaired Gallatin River

Letter Signed by Conservation Organizations sent to Department of Environmental Quality Director Dorrington On Tuesday, March 5th, the Gallatin County Commission approved a preliminary plat for Phase II of the Quarry Subdivision, a multi-phase PUD sited in Big Sky’s Canyon…

Victory: Waterkeeper Wins Landmark Case Against Development for Water Protection

Judge Declares Horse Creek Hills Subdivision Approval Dead in the Water BROADWATER COUNTY, MT – On Wednesday, February 14th, the Montana First Judicial District Court in Broadwater County ruled in favor of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper in the complaint against Broadwater…

DEQ Attempting to Weaken Pollution Permit Protections

Montana’s Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing significant changes to its groundwater pollution discharge permitting rules, and some of the changes are for the worse. In Montana, groundwater connectivity to nearby surface waters has been well documented and is…