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Western Montana snow-water eqivalent for June 1, 2020.
Natural Resources Conservation Service

The federal government’s latest snowpack report is out, and heading into summer it’s a mixed bag for Montana.

The state of Montana released its draft environmental assessment for a waste disposal facility expansion at a hardrock mine in south central Montana and now seeks public comment.


A new report from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is tentatively hopeful about Montana’s spring water outlook heading into fire season.

The National Weather Service advises heavy rain is possible across portions of southwest, central and north central Montana over the next three days. It could lead to the flooding of streams, creeks, and rivers originating from the mountains.
National Weather Service-Great Falls

Widespread heavy rain showers are rolling through Montana Monday evening. They are expected to intensify through the week, meaning rivers and streams will soon be on the rise.

Steady rain and driving rain storms will be the predominant weather throughout the northern Rockies this week, according to National Weather Service-Missoula hydrologist Ray Nicolas.

A Montana State University team will start testing Big Sky’s wastewater this week to help track whether the novel coronavirus is trending up or down in the resort town.

A federal judge ruled in favor of environmental groups May 01 when he stopped thousands of acres worth of oil and gas lease sales in Montana.

Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls put a hold on almost 300 oil and gas lease sales Friday after he ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct an analysis of environmental effects on groundwater.

A federal judge in Montana will hear an appeal from U.S. attorneys on his decision to block a federal pipeline permitting program.

Great Falls Federal Judge Brian Morris Tuesday granted the government’s request for an expedited appeal but kept in place a hold on projects using Nationwide Permit 12.

Environmental groups allege a southwestern Montana water district is illegally polluting the West Fork of the Gallatin River.

On Wednesday, the groups sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Big Sky County Water and Sewer District for violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

Montana Sub-basin Snow-Water Equivalent Percentage of 1981-2010 Normal, April 1, 2020.
USDA NRCS

Montana is edging closer to the spring runoff season. Scientists now have a better idea of what our mountain snowpack will yield this spring and summer.

Snow-Water Equivalent - Percentage of 1981-2010 Normal, March 1, 2020.
USDA NRCS

February delivered another round of normal to record-setting snowfall in mountain ranges supplying water to Montana’s rivers and streams.

The federal government’s latest water supply outlook report says last month’s timely snowpack improves the spring and summer streamflow forecasts.

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