Concerned Canyon Ferry Citizens Challenge Broadwater County Subdivision Approval

County and State Failed to Consider Water and Land Resources of Horse Creek Hills Subdivision  On Friday, August 26, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and several of its members filed a complaint against Broadwater County and the Department of Natural Resources and…

What’s the Deal with the Horse Creek Hills Mini-Mansion Subdivision?

The Project Horse Creek Hills (HCH) subdivision is a proposed 4-phase, 435 acre development sited in Broadwater County on the eastern shore and directly upstream from Canyon Ferry Lake and nearby Confederate Creek. The proposed site is a rural, predominantly…

Support Stronger Pollution Control Exemptions

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing a new suite of rules concerning how sectors that discharge wastewater (municipalities, industry, and construction/commercial) may seek a water quality standards variance. The public comment period is open until August 22, 2022…

Gallatin River Goes Neon-Green with Algal Blooms for Fifth Consecutive Year

Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality Needs to Identify Nutrient Pollution as the Causal Agent for Algal Blooms; Public Encouraged to Submit Comment to Protect River Neon-green algal blooms are plaguing the world-class Gallatin River downstream of Big Sky and the…

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…

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)…