Clean Air

The ultimate goal? Air that is clean and safe to breathe and a stable climate for years to come.

Clean Water

Our waterways—lakes, rivers, and streams—are a legacy that should be protected.

Clean Energy

Reducing energy use reduces energy costs and result in a financial cost saving to consumers.

It's time to stand up.

Help protect Montana’s clean air and water.

MEIC has worked for over 40 years to keep Montana’s air and water clean. We have stopped dirty acid mines and helped pass and defend strong pollution control laws. And it’s all made possible by our members.

MEIC is made up of thousands of Montanans who care deeply about this state – our home. This strong membership has allowed MEIC to remain independent and to always fight for what is right. We would love to have you as a member too.

Our backyard, our state, our environment.

Montana is our home – and your home is worth fighting for. The land, lakes, rivers, and skies are what make Montana The Last Best Place.

MEIC is known as the heavy hitter for Montana’s environment. We take polluters to court when they break the law, we challenge government agencies when they put polluters over people, and we stalk the halls of the legislature to put a stop to bad laws. We fight for this special place like its our home – because it is.

Save Our Smith—more than just a river.

The Smith River is not a location for another failed mining experiment.

Montana’s Smith River is renowned worldwide for its clean water, rugged canyon scenery, and blue ribbon trout fishery. The Smith is Montana’s only permitted recreational river. The permitted section of the Smith River winds 59 miles through a remote canyon in the Big Belt Mountains. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks classifies the Smith River’s fishery as high-value, owing to its bountiful population of rainbow, brown, westslope cutthroat, and brook trout. The canyon walls of the Smith also boast some of the best examples of Native American pictographs in Montana.

Urge Montana to protect the Smith.

Montana’s Smith River is an extraordinary resource, and deserves our most rigorous effort to protect it from mine pollution and dewatering. Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Department of Environmental Quality Director Tom Livers will make critical decisions that will determine the future of the Smith River and the Sheep Creek Mine.

Please contact Governor Bullock and Director Livers by signing the petition. Let them know that the Smith River is an incredibly important place for the people of Montana and across the country and world, and should not be sacrificed for temporary and risky mining activities.

It’s time to make a stand. 

The Smith River and its tributaries provide crucial habitat and spawning grounds for regional trout fisheries. The Sheep Creek drainage accounts for over half of tributary spawning of rainbow trout in the Smith River drainage, and rainbow trout have been known to travel nearly 200 miles round-trip from the Missouri River to spawn!

The Smith River depends on clean cold water from its tributaries to sustain the aquatic life within its banks and the agricultural operations along it. Demands on the river’s waters already often exceed available flows in many years, creating challenges for downstream water users.

“Montana’s Smith River is renowned for its spectacular scenery, towering limestone canyons, and blue-ribbon trout fishery. It originates high in the Castle Mountains of central Montana, and flows through remote canyons before it empties into the Missouri River about 10 miles downstream of Great Falls.”
John Costa
Biologist and Conservationist

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