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…

State of Montana Officially Declares Gallatin River ‘Impaired’

Nutrient pollution levels too high to support aquatic life, recreation Today, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) formally declared the middle segment of the Gallatin River ‘impaired’ by algal blooms under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA)….

The Inadequacies of DEQ’s Quarry Project EA

Montana DEQ’s Draft Environmental Assessment on the Quarry Planned Unit Development contains a multitude of issues: Project Segmentation into Phases Avoids Traditional Regulatory Scrutiny: Using Dozens of Septic Systems to Avoid Pollution Control Permitting:  Ignores Cumulative Impacts in Violation of…

Gallatin County District Court Rules in Favor of Environmental Groups

Subdivision Water Pollution Permit Declared Unlawful After DEQ Failed to Consider Cumulative Impacts On November 16, the Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court in Gallatin County released a ruling in favor of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and the Montana Environmental Information Center…