Montana’s DEQ Attempts to Buck EPA on Unlawful Pollution Permits

MT DEQ Fails to Apply Still Binding Numeric Nutrient Water Quality Standards Recent reporting from the Daily Montanan exposed Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) attempt to move forward with wastewater treatment facility permit renewals for the cities of Helena,…

Gianforte Has Yet to Address the Decline of MT’s Cold Water Fisheries

Reminder: 2021 Season Recap: Montana’s Cold Water Fisheries – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Facebook Live October 6th at 12PM On July 21, 2021 Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, alongside a coalition of over two dozen fly fishing businesses, outfitters,…

Top 3 Reasons Why Narrative Standards Are Bad For Our Waterways

Narrative nutrient pollution control criteria are problematic for protecting the health of local water quality, yet Governor Gianforte and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality are pushing forward with the implementation of narrative water quality standards in pollution permitting decisions….

Biden Administration Moves Forward with Public Land Oil and Gas Leasing

The Biden Administration’s Department of the Interior recently resumed oil and gas lease sales on public lands after a temporary moratorium on all lease sales earlier in 2021. Despite the Administration’s climate pledge and campaign promise to ban ‘new oil…

Trump Administration’s Dirty Water Rule Vacated by Federal Judge

More than half of Montana’s waterways gain renewed, federal protection after ‘Waters of the United States’ rule is thrown out On Monday, a federal judge rightfully abandoned Trump’s Dirty Water Rule that eliminated Clean Water Act protections for thousands of…

Wealth Before Health: State Regulators Ignoring Big Sky’s Big Pollution Problem

Wealthy Developers Get Categorical Exclusions; Ignoring Cumulative Impacts Polluting Gallatin River Watershed BOZEMAN, MT – Breaking reporting by the HuffPost exposes the growing and unaddressed pollution and nutrient problems degrading Montana’s signature blue-ribbon waterway – the Gallatin River – caused…

Coalition Calls on Governor Gianforte to Form Cold Water Fisheries Task Force

Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted a formal letter signed by a broad coalition of Montana fly fishing, outfitters, and lodges, international fly fishing businesses Orvis and Patagonia, and conservation groups requesting Governor Gianforte immediately create a Cold Water Fisheries Task…

Missouri River Headwaters Sub-Basin Report – Summer 2021

Executive Summary: Waterways across Southwest Montana are facing troubling conditions and unprecedented challenges. From an early June heat wave and drought conditions, to historically low fish counts, to our State repealing numeric nutrient standards and allowing reckless pollution into our…

Fact Sheet: Petition Filed with State of Montana to Address Gallatin County Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater Runoff Threatens Clean Water, Human Health, and Aquatic Life  When it rains or snows, runoff from roads, commercial and industrial spaces, and housing development frequently washes harmful pollutants into nearby rivers, streams, and lakes because their surfaces are impervious,…