Bureau of Land Management’s Proposed Public Lands Protections Benefit Montana’s Waterways

Greater Sage-Grouse Protections Could Help End the Threat of Industrial Oil and Gas Development and Leasing in Southwest Montana Yesterday, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted a public comment to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of its enhanced habitat…

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…

FAQs: Round 2 – Montana Proposes Eliminating Numeric Water Quality Standards (Again)

What prompted this rulemaking and the elimination of Montana’s numeric nutrient criteria? Short Answer: DEQ was directed to eliminate numeric nutrient criteria by Senate Bill 358 of the 2021 Legislative Session. Long Answer: In 2014, Montana adopted precedent-setting numeric nutrient…

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….

Waterkeeper Defeats DEQ’s Motion to Dismiss in Big Sky Water Pollution Challenge

Lawsuit Will Proceed to the Merits  Yesterday, the Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court in Gallatin County denied the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) motion to dismiss the Upper Missouri Waterkeeper v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality lawsuit challenging the authorization…