Late-summer fishing closures on several of Montana’s rivers underscore the critical importance of cold, clean and adequate water for trout. Montana TU has made much progress over the years protecting and improving stream flows and water quality. But it is an ongoing challenge. Examples of our recent efforts include:
- Seeking significant instream flow protection throughout Western Montana by urging the public and lawmakers to support a pending water compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the State of Montana.
- Prodding Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to protect streams fed by groundwater against depletion posed by poorly regulated wells.
- Pushing for protection against acid mine pollution posed by a copper mine proposed in the headwaters of the Smith River.
- Mounting a full-time lobbying effort around the Montana Legislature – enabling us to combat proposals that would harm coldwater fisheries while also promoting proposals that fund habitat restoration or benefit water quality, flows and wild fish.