NEWS

Bureau of Land Management’s Proposed Public Lands Protections Benefit Montana’s Waterways

Greater Sage-Grouse Protections Could Help End the Threat of Industrial Oil and Gas Development and Leasing in Southwest Montana Yesterday, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted a public comment to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of its enhanced habitat…

Waterkeeper Files Motion for Summary Judgment in Lawsuit Challenging Big Sky Subdivision

Last week, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in our lawsuit challenging DEQ’s authorization of new wastewater discharges from Phase I of the Quarry Subdivision. The Quarry Subdivision is a new, multi-phase major residential and commercial development…

Waterkeeper Raises Concerns on Proposed Pollution Permit for the Town of Manhattan

Last week, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) concerning the proposed groundwater discharge permit for the Town of Manhattan in Gallatin County.  The new permit proposes that the Town of Manhattan’s existing wastewater treatment…

FAQs: Round 2 – Montana Proposes Eliminating Numeric Water Quality Standards (Again)

What prompted this rulemaking and the elimination of Montana’s numeric nutrient criteria? Short Answer: DEQ was directed to eliminate numeric nutrient criteria by Senate Bill 358 of the 2021 Legislative Session. Long Answer: In 2014, Montana adopted precedent-setting numeric nutrient…

Fisheries biologists report trout population declines while anglers tout great days on the water – How can both be true?

Our Save Wild Trout campaign has been working over the winter with our lead scientist, Dr. Kyle Flynn, to develop a basin-wide water quality monitoring program for this upcoming field season. One of the main concerns we’ve heard from people…

Big Sky Subdivision Phase Greenlit by County; Groups Demand DEQ Conduct Public Process on Impacts to Impaired Gallatin River

Letter Signed by Conservation Organizations sent to Department of Environmental Quality Director Dorrington On Tuesday, March 5th, the Gallatin County Commission approved a preliminary plat for Phase II of the Quarry Subdivision, a multi-phase PUD sited in Big Sky’s Canyon…