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, Fishing Businesses, and Montanans Ask Governor to Prioritize Cold Water Fisheries

Gianforte’s Failure to Act and Forecast For Hot, Dry Summer Doesn’t Bode Well For Montana’s Wild Trout Fisheries Today, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a broad coalition of fly fishing businesses, conservation organizations, and…

Victory! EPA Disapproves Core Sections of Montana’s Water Quality Rollback at Waterkeeper

State of Montana Held Accountable for Rolling Back Science-Based Water Quality Standards On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a letter disapproving core sections of Senate Bill 358 (SB…

Groups Request DEQ Director Seek Legal Clarification from EPA Before Advancing Nutrient Rulemaking Rollback

Legal Clarification on SB 358 Rulemaking Still Absent On Monday, May 9, 2021 Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Trout Unlimited, Clark Fork Coalition, and Gallatin River Task Force submitted a letter to Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s…

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’s Dept. of Environmental Quality Publishes First Water Quality Rollback Rule

 DEQ Failed to Address Concerns Raised by Conservation Groups and Montana Citizens On Friday, March 11th, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) finalized New Rule 1 as proposed, the first of a two part rulemaking process to amend ARM…

The Truth About a Stormwater Designation in Gallatin County

In the summer of 2021, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted a petition to the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requesting the designation of Gallatin County as a municipal separate stormwater system (MS4) entity to better control stormwater pollution in the…

Technical Comments Submitted Concerning New Major Subdivision Pollution Permit That Will Further Degrade the Lower Gallatin

 Decisionmakers fail to consider cumulative impacts of more sprawl development On Wednesday, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) questioning the proposed approval of yet another new major subdivision’s polluting septic system in the Gallatin Valley’s…

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Submits Comments Opposing Water Quality Rollback

Technical Comments Call Out the Dept. of Environmental Quality’s Disingenuous, Unlawful Rulemaking Process For Polluters Upper Missouri Waterkeeper submitted technical comments alongside the Montana Environmental Information Center and Montana Trout Unlimited on the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) proposed amendment…