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Three takeaways from lawmakers’ approach to natural resources management

How proposals to change water rights, stream access and conservation funding were received by policymakers the past four months illuminates entrenched sources of tension — between developer and agricultural interests, between federal and state wildlife managers, and even between Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, and members of his own party.

House passes controversial, 11th-hour MEPA bill

House Bill 971 seeks to bar state agencies from analyzing greenhouse gas impacts in its environmental reviews of large projects. One of the most controversial and commented-upon environmental measures of the 2023 legislative session has been transmitted to the Senate following two key votes.

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DEQ classifies stretch of Gallatin River as ‘impaired’ 

Montana officials have moved to list the section of the Gallatin River from the Yellowstone National Park boundary downstream to the confluence with Spanish Creek as impaired following excessive pollution-induced algal blooms over the last few years.

Zinke calls for changes to Glacier’s reservation system 

Zinke attended a roundtable discussion in the Glacier gateway community of Columbia Falls where he called for major changes to the system that was first introduced a few years ago to handle the park’s skyrocketing visitation.


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