Concerned Canyon Ferry Citizens Challenge Broadwater County Subdivision Approval

County and State Failed to Consider Water and Land Resources of Horse Creek Hills Subdivision  On Friday, August 26, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and several of its members filed a complaint against Broadwater County and the Department of Natural Resources and…

Gallatin River Goes Neon-Green with Algal Blooms for Fifth Consecutive Year

Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality Needs to Identify Nutrient Pollution as the Causal Agent for Algal Blooms; Public Encouraged to Submit Comment to Protect River Neon-green algal blooms are plaguing the world-class Gallatin River downstream of Big Sky and the…

Victory! EPA Disapproves Core Sections of Montana’s Water Quality Rollback at Waterkeeper

State of Montana Held Accountable for Rolling Back Science-Based Water Quality Standards On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a letter disapproving core sections of Senate Bill 358 (SB…

Groups Request DEQ Director Seek Legal Clarification from EPA Before Advancing Nutrient Rulemaking Rollback

Legal Clarification on SB 358 Rulemaking Still Absent On Monday, May 9, 2021 Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Trout Unlimited, Clark Fork Coalition, and Gallatin River Task Force submitted a letter to Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s…

Conservation Groups Petition the State of Montana to Protect Gallatin River

Algal Blooms on the Gallatin Signal the Need for Pollution-Control Planning; Impairment Designation Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Gallatin River Task Force, Montana Trout Unlimited, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and American Rivers filed a petition with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)…

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Sues the EPA for Failing to Protect Montana’s Water from Nutrient Pollution

Federal Oversight Agency Has Yet To Address Unlawful Rollbacks of Water Quality Standards Today, March 24, 2022, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to perform its mandatory duty under the Clean…

State of Montana’s Dept. of Environmental Quality Publishes First Water Quality Rollback Rule

 DEQ Failed to Address Concerns Raised by Conservation Groups and Montana Citizens On Friday, March 11th, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) finalized New Rule 1 as proposed, the first of a two part rulemaking process to amend ARM…

State of Montana’s Proposed Stormwater Pollution Permit Needs Improvement to Protect Waterways from Industrial Wastes

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Submits Comments Addressing DEQ’s Proposed Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Activity February 28, 2021 Last week, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted a technical comment letter to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) concerning the proposed Montana Pollution Discharge…

Technical Comments Submitted Concerning New Major Subdivision Pollution Permit That Will Further Degrade the Lower Gallatin

 Decisionmakers fail to consider cumulative impacts of more sprawl development On Wednesday, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) questioning the proposed approval of yet another new major subdivision’s polluting septic system in the Gallatin Valley’s…