Montana Department of Environmental Quality About Us Permitting & Operator Assistance Public Participation


Program Overview

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 that clean lakes, streams, and rivers remain part of Montana’s natural heritage.

Our agency uses data and metrics to help gauge progress toward our goals. We want to provide a sample of our work - a few key measurements - that show how we're doing in environmental protection and customer service.

Water Quality Dashboard

Water Permitting

If you are looking for information or forms related to specific water permits, such as surface water discharge permits (MPDES) or groundwater discharge permits (MGWPCS), visit the Water Permitting and Operator Assistance page. The page can be accessed by navigating through the drop down menu above, or by clicking the gray button below the list of contacts.


Water Quality Division Contacts

Division Administrator
Amy Steinmetz (406) 444-4632

Community Operations Project Officer
Kari Smith (406) 444-6727

Division Fiscal
Cynthia Dillon (406) 444-6755

Program Support Specialist
Jim Sutliff (406) 444-0490

Program Support Specialist
Candice Gernand (406) 444-4643

Program Support Specialist
Phil Nyhof (406) 444-2475

Program Support Specialist
Theresa Froehlich (406) 444-6764

Program Support Specialist
Leata English (406) 444-4224

Engineering Bureau

Bureau Chief
Kevin Smith (406) 444-1277

Water Quality Planning Bureau

Bureau Chief
Galen Steffens (406) 444-2680

Public Water Supply Bureau

Bureau Chief
Greg Olsen (406) 444-2409

Water Protection Bureau

Bureau Chief
Jon Kenning (406) 444-0420

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