Conservation Groups, Fishing Businesses, and Montanans Ask Governor to Prioritize Cold Water Fisheries

Gianforte’s Failure to Act and Forecast For Hot, Dry Summer Doesn’t Bode Well For Montana’s Wild Trout Fisheries Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a broad coalition of fly fishing businesses, conservation organizations, and…

The Truth About a Stormwater Designation in Gallatin County

In the summer of 2021, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted a petition to the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requesting the designation of Gallatin County as a municipal separate stormwater system (MS4) entity to better control stormwater pollution in the…

Conservation Organizations Call on Gov. Gianforte to Hold NorthWestern Energy Accountable for Madison River Disaster

Malfunction left the Upper Madison River with significantly diminished flows, causing fish die-offs during a critical spawning time. On Tuesday morning, the Upper Madison River’s Hebgen Dam experienced malfunctions resulting in drastically reduced flows from Hebgen Lake to Madison River….

Montana’s Rollback of Clean Water Protections Unscientific; Likely Illegal

Clearing the Water: What Montana’s Proposed Changes to Nutrient Standards Really Means After another major story on Governor Gianforte Administration’s efforts to roll back clean water protections for polluting special interests, more questions were raised than answered. What has become…

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,…

Gallatin River Goes Green for Fourth Consecutive Year

In early August, a noxious neon-green algal bloom emerged on the mainstem Gallatin River downstream of Big Sky for the fourth consecutive year. Booming development pressure and chronically poor treatment of wastewater in the Big Sky area, combined with hot…

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….

State of Montana Moves Forward Implementing Senate Bill 358 in Violation of Federal Law

Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality Fails to Protect Helena’s Waterways While Proposing Unlawful City Wastewater Discharge Permit The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues to act in bad faith, implementing narrative nutrient pollution control standards in pollution permits after…