Scoping Comments on Proposed Black Butte Mine

DEQ has begun the process of drafting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Black Butte Copper Project. We recently submitted comments regarding scoping (the initial process of determining what issues should be studied in the EIS). The scoping process gives the…

Smith River Mine Updates & Public Hearings

This summer 2017, the Montana DEQ determined that the proposed Black Butte Copper Project, AKA the proposed Smith Mine outside White Sulphur Springs, has submitted a “technically complete” application and therefore it was starting the environmental review process. Determining that…

Fighting Attempts to Weaken the Clean Water Rule

New EPA and Army Corps’ attempts to revoke Clean Water Act protections from waters is an illegal effort that unnecessarily risks drinking water, public health, and river health. Yesterday, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper joined more than one-hundred clean water organizations in submitting two…

Big Sky Water – Bozeman Public Mtg 9/18 + Talking Points

Join us next Monday Sept. 18th 2017 at 6pm in the Bozeman Public Library to learn more about the challenges and opportunities confronting clean water in Big Sky, MT. For the past 9 months Upper Missouri Waterkeeper has been an…

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…

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…

Bad State Water Policy: Weak Montana River Pollution Standards

The 2015 Montana Legislature passed – and Gov. Bullock failed to veto – SB 325.  This bill sets up a loophole that prohibits state env’tl regulatory agencies from setting water quality protections that are strong enough to protect Montana’s rivers and…

Cleaning Up Urban Stormwater Pollution

(BOZEMAN, MT) – Upper Missouri Waterkeeper filed a Complaint today, Friday December 30th, 2016, with the Montana 18th District Court challenging the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) new statewide, General Permit for municipal separate storm sewer systems (the MS4…

Smith Mine Update

This November 2016 Tintina Resources – the Australian backed company proposing a new copper mine in the headwaters of Montana’s famed Smith River – applied for a Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit (AKA, a dredge and fill permit) to…

Comments on Proposed General Permit to Pollute Groundwater

The one element binding Montanans together across all lines is water.  Clean, readily available water is critical to the health and future of Montana’s rivers, landscapes, and communities. In Montana, any discharges of pollution to either surface water (think rivers,…