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…

Conservation Organizations Challenge Unlawful Big Sky Pollution Permit

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and Montana Environmental Information Center File Suit Against DEQ’s Issuance of Septic Pollution Permit in Big Sky FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 19, 2021 CONTACT: Quincey Johnson, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper (406) 624-9261 BOZEMAN, MT – Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and…

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,…

Biden EPA Pushes to Repeal Trump Administration’s Dirty Water Rule

The EPA announced its intent to revise ‘Waters of the United States,’ restoring protections to more than half of Montana’s waterways. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States”…

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Petitions EPA to Disapprove Montana’s Changes to Water Quality Standards

Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a legal petition to Michael Regan, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition requests the agency exercise its oversight authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine that changes to Montana’s…

UMW Joins Letter to Interior Dept. Seeking Reforms on Public Lands Oil and Gas Leasing

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper joined nearly 40 other conservation organizations to push the Department of Interior to reform the antiquated federal onshore oil and gas leasing program that directly threatens Montana’s Big Hole and Beaverhead river valleys in a letter sent…

UMW and Fly Fishing Lodges Ask Governor to Veto SB 358

Today, the Big Hole Lodge and Firehole Ranch joined Upper Missouri Waterkeeper in sending the following letter to Governor Gianforte: April 14, 2021 Dear Governor Gianforte: On behalf of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Big Hole Lodge, and Firehole Ranch, we are…