EPA nixes Montana’s new water quality standards

EPA nixes Montana’s new water quality standards

In a May 10 letter to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the EPA asserted that a measure the Montana Legislature passed in 2021 runs afoul of the Clean Water Act. The EPA said it’s concerned that the state’s repeal of numeric standards for nitrogen and phosphorus codified in Senate Bill 358 has led to…

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The didymo dilemma

‘Rock snot’ algae blooms are hurting the Kootenai River fishery. Could fertilizer be the fix?

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Federal judge sides with Forest Service in Crazy Mountains access lawsuit

Federal judge sides with Forest Service in Crazy Mountains access lawsuit

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan says the sporting and conservation groups that sued the Custer Gallatin National Forest have failed to identify a “discrete agency action the Forest Service was required to take” in its handling of disputed historic trails in the Crazy Mountains. Although not final — a more senior judge will issue a…

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Environmental groups call for investigation of Hebgen Dam malfunction

Environmental groups call for investigation of Hebgen Dam malfunction

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Montana Environmental Information Center and the Madison River Foundation say NorthWestern Energy’s operation of Hebgen Dam needs closer scrutiny after November’s malfunction and dewatering of the upper Madison River. They’re asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require an independent investigation.

Madison River flow returns after midnight dam repair

Madison River flow returns after midnight dam repair

While flows are much closer to seasonal levels following a repair to Hebgen Dam’s outflow gate, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says “lasting impacts to the fishery are still unknown.”

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