Support a Pollution Clean-Up Plan for the Gallatin River

The Problem Since 2018, the middle segment of the world-class Gallatin River has been plagued by widespread, noxious neon-green algal blooms. This scenic, wild, cold-water stretch of the Gallatin River is home to 3,000 wild trout per mile and supports…

FAQs: Gallatin River Middle Segment Impairment Designation

June 2022 Preliminary Determination of Impairment What’s being proposed? Based on a review of best available science from the past 10 years, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a preliminary determination that the middle segment Gallatin River…

State of Montana Determines Gallatin River ‘Impaired’ by Algal Blooms

Conservation Groups’ Petition Granted by Dept. of Environmental Quality  On Tuesday, June 14, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) made a preliminary finding that the Gallatin River merits a Category 5 impairment designation under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean…

Conservation Groups Petition the State of Montana to Protect Gallatin River

Algal Blooms on the Gallatin Signal the Need for Pollution-Control Planning; Impairment Designation Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Gallatin River Task Force, Montana Trout Unlimited, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and American Rivers filed a petition with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)…

State of Montana Moves Forward Implementing Senate Bill 358 in Violation of Federal Law

Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality Fails to Protect Helena’s Waterways While Proposing Unlawful City Wastewater Discharge Permit The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues to act in bad faith, implementing narrative nutrient pollution control standards in pollution permits after…

Opposing A New Pollution Permit to the Upper Gallatin

DEQ recently proposed a new pollution permit that would allow up to 20,000 gpd of poorly treated wastewater from new development in Big Sky’s Canyon Area, despite the fact that local groundwater and the Gallatin River are experiencing nutrient degradation…

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 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…