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The water howellia, a rare aquatic herb.
Dieter Wilken / USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The federal government announced Tuesday it is delisting a rare Western Montana plant from the Endangered Species Act.

Rexford Bench boat launch on Lake Kookanusa in NW Montana.
Kootenai National Forest

Three U.S. officials from an international transboundary regulatory group will learn more about the upstream Canadian coal mine pollution flowing into Northwest Montana next week. The group’s fact-finding mission to the U.S. side of Lake Koocanusa will focus on learning more about the high levels of selenium flowing from British Columbia coal mines.

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline pulled the plug on the contentious project Wednesday after Canadian officials failed to persuade President Joe Biden to reverse his cancellation of its permit on the day he took office.

Senator Jon Tester (D) - Montana
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester Wednesday asked the U.S. State Department to put pressure on an international commission and the Canadian government to stem pollution flowing into northwest Montana from British Columbia coal mines. 

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee vast expanses of public land in the U.S. West was criticized Tuesday by Republicans over her past involvement in partisan politics as a longtime Democratic aide and environmentalist.


MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has sided with state environmental regulators who are using a law that provides protection from repeat polluters against an Idaho-based mining company and its chief executive.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks specialists Tuesday killed an adult female grizzly and its yearling due to their history of livestock depredation in the Haskill Basin area near Whitefish.

Pygmy whitefish.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

A rare native fish species has been discovered for the first time in two northwest Montana lakes. The discovery is part of state fish and wildlife biologists’ efforts to understand more about the pygmy whitefish.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A breached oil pipeline has spilled an undetermined volume of crude on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana after possibly leaking for months before it was discovered, a tribal official said Wednesday.

Inspectors are finding a rash of boats carrying invasive species into Montana, though the boating season’s busiest stretch is yet to come.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has intercepted 21 boats with invasive zebra or quagga mussels this season, compared to eight at this time last year.

“So we’re way above and beyond what we saw last season at this time,” said Tom Woolf, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Director.

Woolf says there’s also been an increase in overall boat traffic, with most infested ones coming from the Great Lakes and midwest regions.

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