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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…

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…

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Submits Comments Opposing Water Quality Rollback

Technical Comments Call Out the Dept. of Environmental Quality’s Disingenuous, Unlawful Rulemaking Process For Polluters Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted technical comments alongside the Montana Environmental Information Center and Montana Trout Unlimited on the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) proposed amendment…

Complaint Filed Over Dept. of Environmental Quality’s Dereliction of Duty to Address Gallatin County Stormwater Pollution 

 Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Complaint Challenges DEQ’s Failure to Recognize and Address Prolific Development and Water Resource Impacts in Gallatin County  Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a complaint over the State of Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s denial of a petition…

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…

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…

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…