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Commissioners weaken selenium standard

April 25, 2022
by David Brooks, executive Director, Montana Trout Unlimited; Andrew Gorder, legal director, Clark Fork Coalition; Ellie Hudson-Heck, conservation assistant, Idaho Conservation League; Derf Johnson, Clean Water Program director and staff attorney, Montana Environmental Information Center Commissioners not telling the truth about selenium standard As the adage goes: everyone is entitled…

Clark Fork Litter Is a Global Issue

April 11, 2022
by Sam Dwyer I’ve spent 94.9% of my life in Montana, but a few years ago I had an opportunity to work at an international school in the Middle East. When I moved to Oman, one of the most striking cultural differences wasn’t the Arabic language or the abayas—there was…

Upper Clark Fork Diversion Dam Removal Project

Alvi-Beck diversion and fish screenMarch 14, 2022
Above: Alvi-Beck site in October 2021 after installation of rock riffle diversion and fish screen. Volunteers planted new willows and shrubs to help the site recover.   A River in Transition By Andy Fischer (Clark Fork Coalition) and Casey Hackathorn (Trout Unlimited) With 43 miles of Superfund cleanup underway at…

Gianforte’s Refusal to Enforce Bad Actor Law Is Dead Wrong for Montanans

February 28, 2022
GUEST OPINION by Jeffrey Stiffarm, Kathi Slora, Jim Nash, Dave Lyman, and Debbie Lyman After we read Jerry Bennett’s recent guest opinion, “Montana DEQ did the right thing on Hecla mining proposal” (Helena Independent Record, Dec. 7, 2021), we couldn’t help but wonder, “right for whom?” The Department of Environmental…

Keep Our Rivers Clean, Not Green

February 7, 2022
Nutrient Pollution in Waterways Set to Worsen [caption id="attachment_6056" align="alignleft" width="250"] Click for enlarged view and links.[/caption] You might remember that around this time last year we asked for your help in fighting legislation that would abandon longstanding science-based and data-driven methods of preventing nutrient pollution in Montana’s waters. (Healthy…

Gianforte administration makes wrong move on bad actor suit

September 7, 2021
By: JAMES C. NELSON The Preamble to our state’s Constitution speaks to the importance of Montana’s quiet beauty, the grandeur of our mountains, and the vastness of our rolling plains as underpinning our desire to improve our quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty…

Thank you, river stewards!

May 4, 2021
With your help, the 2021 Clark Fork River Cleanup was a HUGE success! The 2021 Clark Fork River Cleanup is in the books, and thanks to you, it was one of the most impactful river cleanups we've ever hosted! During one amazing week in April HUNDREDS of you volunteered (including…

2020 Field Update

January 8, 2021
2020 in the Clark Fork Watershed: Cleaner, healthier, and more resilient — thanks to you No surprise: the pandemic turned things upside down in the Clark Fork watershed in 2020. But ultimately, it did nothing to alter stream restoration opportunities or ongoing ecological challenges. So our work carried on. And…

Winter Forecast:
Recorded Presentation

December 10, 2020
Winter Weather Forecast: Recording available! If you missed our Dec. 15 Winter Weather Virtual Happy Hour discussion with Missoula National Weather Service meteorologist, Corby Dickerson, you can find the recording HERE. You'll also hear from local climate expert, Nick Silverman, and CFC Restoration specialist and in-house weather geek, Alex Leone,…

2020 Online Auction

Hand-carved MT tree ring watchNovember 30, 2020
Don't miss our online auction! Find a great deal on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, hand-crafted jewelry, and other awesome items, and help protect clean water all at the same time! Epic guided fishing trips Hand-crafted treasures Patagonia gear Much more! Every bid you make, and every dollar raised supports cleanup, restoration,…

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