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…

Victory: Waterkeeper Wins Landmark Case Against Development for Water Protection

Judge Declares Horse Creek Hills Subdivision Approval Dead in the Water BROADWATER COUNTY, MT – On Wednesday, February 14th, the Montana First Judicial District Court in Broadwater County ruled in favor of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper in the complaint against Broadwater…

DEQ Attempting to Weaken Pollution Permit Protections

Montana’s Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing significant changes to its groundwater pollution discharge permitting rules, and some of the changes are for the worse. In Montana, groundwater connectivity to nearby surface waters has been well documented and is…

West Yellowstone Citizens Challenge DEQ’s Approval of Regional Wastewater Facility Without Public Process

State Violated Constitutional Right to Know and Right to Participate in Agency Decision-Making On Friday, October 13, 2023, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and its members filed a complaint against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its approval of the…

Action: Tell DEQ It Must Consider Climate Impacts

Attend a public listening session in Helena, Missoula, or online The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently announce a comment period and listening sessions on updating the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), a critical component of environmental permitting and…

EPA’s New WOTUS Rule Leaves Montana’s Waterways Vulnerable to Pollution

Miles of Waterways Now Excluded from Federal Protection This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule after the Supreme Court ruled in the Sackett v. EPA wetlands litigation in May 2023….