This report provides an overview of the waters at risk in Montana and documents cases in Montana where important waterways have lost basic federal pollution protections or been placed at risk because of the confused state of the law. Included among these are a valuable wetland next to a famed trout river; a geographically isolated wetland with potentially important habitat values; and a wetland that may be geographically isolated, but likely has other important hydrological and ecological connections to water quality and wildlife habitat.
Montana contains a portion of the Prairie Pothole Region, an area that contains many small, shallow ponds and wetlands that are critical to waterfowl and wildlife and important on a continental scale.
Compiled by the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and Trout Unlimited, the reports identifies case studies where the loss of Clean Water Act protections has put local waters in Montana at risk for pollution, unrestricted drainage, and destruction.
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