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…

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,…

Gallatin River Goes Green for Fourth Consecutive Year

In early August, a noxious neon-green algal bloom emerged on the mainstem Gallatin River downstream of Big Sky for the fourth consecutive year. Booming development pressure and chronically poor treatment of wastewater in the Big Sky area, combined with hot…

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….