Federal Court Reverses Rollback of MT Nutrient Pollution Standard

On October 30, 2020 the Federal District Court of Montana Issued An Order In Our (Second) Nutrient Pollution Exemption Lawsuit Holding EPA & MT Accountable to Improve Wastewater Pollution Controls For Most of MT’s Largest Polluters In response to our…

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Rollback of MT’s Science-Based Nutrient Criteria

Today Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s February 2020 approval of a series of “Poison Pill” variance rules that undermine critical nutrient pollution controls for Montana waterways. This lawsuit is the latest action we’ve taken to protect…

EPA Disapproves Revised Montana Nutrient Variance Rule

On February 24, 2020 EPA acted on Montana DEQ’s November 2019 submission of revised nutrient variance rules and ‘disapproved’ the revised rule package. EPA’s February 24, 2020 Letter to MDEQ disapproves the recently submitted and revised variance rule, but also…

Our Waterways Aren’t Sewers – Let’s Stop Treating Them That Way

The Clean Water Act was passed in recognition of the fact that we should not be using our waterways as sewers, but incredibly, primarily due to outdated infrastructure, sewage spills still occur regularly around the country, leading to unsafe water…

Gallatin River Algal Bloom – August 2018

The Gallatin River is experiencing a large, miles-long neon-green algal bloom for the first time in recent memory. The Algal Bloom: Waterkeeper first became aware of the emerging algal bloom on the Gallatin late July 2018.  A few members shared…

Comments on Proposed General Permit to Pollute Groundwater

The one element binding Montanans together across all lines is water.  Clean, readily available water is critical to the health and future of Montana’s rivers, landscapes, and communities. In Montana, any discharges of pollution to either surface water (think rivers,…

Lawsuit Challenging DEQ Approval of Invalid Pollution Permit

Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District of Montana, Lewis & Clark County, challenging the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) decision to issue a wastewater discharge permit that doesn’t comply with the Montana Water…

Notice of Intent to Sue EPA for Failure to Act on Montana’s New Water Quality Standards

Today we sent EPA a Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) under the federal Clean Water Act for failure to approve or disapprove Montana’s numeric nutrient water quality standards. Click here to read our NOI. Click here to read a…

Comments on New Ennis Wastewater Treatment Facility Pollution Permit

Ever visit Lake Ennis during a Montana summer? Have you seen algae, greenish waters and felt super warm temperatures? These conditions are often related to excessive nutrient and sediment loading to a waterbody. Many waterways in Southwest and West-Central Montana…