skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, April 19, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Tribal advocates keep up legal pressure for fair political maps; 12-member jury sworn in for Trump's historic criminal trial; Healthcare decision planning important for CT residents; Debt dilemma poll: Hoosiers wrestle with college costs.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Civil Rights activists say a court ruling could end the right to protest in three southern states, a federal judge lets January 6th lawsuits proceed against former President Trump and police arrest dozens at a Columbia University Gaza protest.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Rural Wyoming needs more vocational teachers to sustain its workforce pipeline, Ohio environmental advocates fear harm from a proposal to open 40-thousand forest acres to fracking and rural communities build bike trail systems to promote nature, boost the economy.

Conservation Advocates: Water-Quality Bill Could Sink MT Waterways

play audio
Play

Thursday, April 22, 2021   

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana lawmakers have passed a measure to change how water quality is measured in the state.

Supporters said it will reduce red tape for water-treatment facilities, so they can stay in compliance with the law more easily. But conservation advocates are concerned it will imperil the state's waterways.

Senate Bill 358 changes water-quality measurements from numeric standards to narrative standards.

Guy Alsentzer, executive director and founder of the nonprofit group Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, fears the change will ultimately harm the environment.

"Key provisions of 358 really go to the heart of how do we on a very basic, fundamental level allow pollution into our waterways," Alsentzer asserted. "And strikes at the heart of whether or not we're going to allow science versus costs to dictate that process."

Algal blooms from nutrient runoff are a major concern in the state, and lowered water quality would also affect fish and aquatic life. The Legislature passed the bill but Alsentzer encouraged Gov. Greg Gianforte to veto it.

Tourism to the state's outdoor places is its second-biggest sector. A report from the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation finds it generates more than $7 billion a year and supports more than 70,000 jobs.

If the new water quality standards lead to more polluted waterways, Alsentzer said the state's economy could take a hit.

"It's not just a legal matter; it's a practical matter," Alsentzer emphasized. "This is going to undermine the foundation for our clean-water economy and countless jobs and businesses that depend on those healthy rivers."

Alsentzer added if Gianforte doesn't veto the bill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could step in to ensure the state is enforcing a science-based method for protecting rivers and streams.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
In Pennsylvania, more than 400,000 people are living with Alzheimer's disease. (C. Nathaniel Brown)

Health and Wellness

play sound

Alzheimer's disease is the eighth-leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. A documentary on the topic debuts Saturday in Pittsburgh. "Remember Me: …


Social Issues

play sound

April is Financial Literacy Month, when the focus is on learning smart money habits but also how to protect yourself from fraud. One problem on the …

play sound

Across the U.S., most political boundaries tied to the 2020 Census have been in place for a while, but a national project on map fairness for …


The 2023 Annie E. Casey Foundation Data Book ranked Arkansas 37th in the nation for education, and said 56% of young children were not in preschool programs to help get them ready for school. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The need for child care and early learning is critical, especially in rural Arkansas. One nonprofit is working to fill those gaps by giving providers …

Environment

play sound

An annual march for farmworkers' rights is being held Sunday in northwest Washington. This year, marchers are focusing on the conditions for local …

According to a new poll, 71% of currently and previously enrolled student borrowers report delaying at least one significant life event because of student debt. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new Gallup and Lumina Foundation poll unveils a concerning reality: Hoosiers may lack clarity about the true cost of higher education. The survey …

Environment

play sound

As state budget negotiations continue, groups fighting climate change are asking California lawmakers to cut subsidies for oil and gas companies …

Health and Wellness

play sound

Health disparities in Texas are not only making some people sick, but affecting the state's economy. A new study shows Texas is losing $7 billion a …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021