Informal Comments on SB 325 – More Polluter Exemptions

We’ve submitted comments to DEQ on its draft implementing rules for Senate Bill 325 including, notably, another “variance” rule that would exempt certain polluters from doing their part to reduce pollution to Montana waterways. The effect of SB 325’s variance rule…

Information Act Request Concerning Montana’s New Nutrient Variance Rule

The Freedom of Information Act (5 USC § 552) (FOIA) is one of the most important legal tools citizens and reporters have for furthering government transparency and accountability in the United States. FOIA is an acronym for the Freedom of…

Pruitt’s EPA Proposes Removal of Clean Water Protections

Continuing its march toward elimination of key Clean Water Act protections, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a formal notice of withdrawal for the Obama administration’s rule defining which waters can be protected against pollution and destruction under…

Oppose the “Regulatory Accountability Act” – URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Montana! We want to alert you all about a bad federal bill making its way through Congress that, if passed, would make it much harder for environmental agencies to create rules protecting clean water and healthy landscapes. Senate bill 951, the “Regulatory…

Poison Pesticide In Our Waters

We must stop the pesticide industry from viewing the Clean Water Act as nothing more than a nuisance.  Did you know that the House Rules Committee recently passed a controversial and dangerous piece of legislation that will now move to the…

Public Talking Points – EPA Regulatory Roll-Back Comments

This year, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777 (‘Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda) demanding that for every new regulation proposed, the government must eliminate two existing rules. On top of trying to remove the regulatory safeguards that industry finds too costly, the…

Help Our Rivers: Seeking New Board Members

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is actively seeking 1-3 new board members in 2017. If you believe in our mission and have the skills and experience we are looking for (see below), we encourage you to apply. Please review our description of Board…

Beaverhead River Litigation Settlement: What’s In It & Why It Matters

Beaverhead Litigation Settlement Requires Study, Planning & Work to Solve River Algal Blooms and Turbidity Pollution We are excited to announce that we have settled our lawsuit challenging the Clark Canyon 401 Certification in return for both Clark Canyon Hydroelectric and…

2017 Federal Legislation & the Environment: What You Need to Know

Bad Bill Tracking A little over a week past, President Trump signed an executive order setting up “regulatory reform officers” and “task forces” within the agencies to help carry out the destruction of regulations. Stopping regulatory “overreach” is one thing, but destroying agencies…

Montana’s New General Permit for Construction Stormwater

Montana DEQ is nearly finished updating its rules addressing the pollution impacts of construction sites on local creeks and streams. Last week we submitted preliminary comments on DEQ’s rough draft General Permit for Construction Stormwater. What’s a Construction Stormwater General Permit? …