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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The Biden administration announced Thursday that it is nominating former Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Martha Williams to become director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Williams will become the second major Montana appointee to work under U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
As a result of a 48-hour gap in protections on Oct. 5 and 6, 2020, 10 new mining claims were filed in an area still grappling with an acid mine drainage clean-up that has cost more than $77 million to date and is expected to continue for generations.
The Forest Service is arguing that prescriptive easement claims involving four historic trails in the Crazy Mountains are ‘likely non-viable’ after years of landowner obstruction. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit say the agency is abandoning claims it’s duty-bound to defend.
A three-mile-wide swath of central and downtown Billings where groundwater has been contaminated with chlorinated solvents from laundromat operations is set to receive federal Superfund status per a notice issued by the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday.
Anglers come to Montana in droves for the abundant wild trout. But this summer’s rising temps, dropping flows and declining brown trout populations could harbor clues about the future of the state’s celebrated cold-water fisheries.
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