Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Files Notice of Intent to Sue the EPA for Failure to Act on Montana Water Quality Rollbacks

Narrative Standards Set Forth in Senate Bill 358 Remain Unapproved by Federal Oversight Agency Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a Notice of Intent to Sue to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to comply with its mandatory duty…

Organizations Request Investigation of NorthWestern Energy’s Permit Violations

Citizens Complaint Filed With Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Overseeing Hebgen Dam Safety and Operations Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Montana Environmental Information Center, and the Madison River Foundation filed a citizens complaint today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding…

Comments Filed Encouraging Improvements to Statewide Stormwater Pollution Permit   

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Submits Comments on DEQ’s Draft MS4 Permit to Improve Permit Terms and Protect Local Water Quality Earlier this week Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted a technical comment letter to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) concerning the proposed…

Interior Department Releases Report on Failing, Broken Federal Public Lands Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Next Step: Permanently Protecting for the Big Hole and Beaverhead From Industrial Oil and Gas Development    The Department of the Interior released a report last Friday as part of the Biden Administration’s comprehensive review of the broken federal oil…

Groups Request Protections Against Risky Oil and Gas Development on Public Lands in Beaverhead County

Dillon’s Resource Management Plan Needs to Address Conflicts Between Oil and Gas Development and the Protection of Southwest Montana’s Natural Resources Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, alongside five conservation organizations, submitted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting the…

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…