Access to clean water is essential to human health and to Montana’s economy. We support and implement measures to conserve this valuable resource and ensure clean lakes, streams, and rivers remain part of Montana’s natural heritage.

Belt Creek Restoration Project

Water from an old Anaconda coal mine is so high in iron and aluminum that it is bright orange as it runs into Belt Creek near the namesake town outside of Great Falls.  DEQ's Abandoned Mine Program is addressing this century-old problem.        

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Soda Butte Creek to be Withdrawn from Impaired Listing

DEQ is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw Soda Butte Creek from Montana's listing of impaired waterways.  The creek flows into  Yellowstone Park near Cooke City, a historic mining district. Since remediation, the creek's heavy metals loads now meet state and federal standards, which prompted the request for removal.

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