DEQ will hold a public meeting on the Proposed Yellowstone Disposal Facility Class II Solid Waste Management System on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meeting is at the MonDak Heritage Center at 120 3rd Ave. SE in Sidney. The comment period has been extended to the close of business March 16, 2018. Comments may be submitted via US Mail to: DEQ-WUTMB, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901, or via email to: DEQSWProgram@mt.gov
DEQ Risk Assessor Aimee Reynolds will discuss how scientists evaluate dioxins and furans and determine appropriate cleanup levels for protection of human health and the environment at Superfund sites. Aimee Reynolds has been with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for 26 years and is Bureau Chief of the Contaminated Site Cleanup Bureau. Aimee is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a background in Biology, Ecology, and Toxicology. This educational even...t is hosted by the Citizens Technical Environmental Committee of Butte.
For information contact:
Karen Ogden, DEQ Community Involvement Coordinator
(406) 444–6360 | firstname.lastname@example.org
DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Karen Ogden at (406) 444-6360 or email@example.com
The hydrology of northwest Montana's Bull River has been altered by historic land uses and the banks have been colonized by canary reed grass. Watch this video to see how a consortium of landowners and partners are working to bring back the Bull: http://bit.ly/2C0HiUq
February: It’s the time of the year when our daydreams turn to spring gardens and summer days at the lake. We have a few months to go before we can unroll a beach towel on our favorite shore. In the meantime, curl up by the fire with the third edition of the “Montana Lake Book” published by Whitefish Lake Institute. The book “explains how lakes function, how they are threatened and how they can be protected. It also identifies simple actions we can all take to help protect and preserve the lakes of Montana.”
Sometimes simple solutions can address often-conflicting needs of wildlife and human safety. A recently-constructed Interstate bridge at Montana Pole in Butte had fences designed to keep people out from the Superfund site. But the high fences inadvertently routed deer onto the bridge and into high-speed Interstate traffic. DEQ and the Department of Transportation coordinated the lowering of the fence to create a wildlife thoroughfare under the bridging. DEQ’s Tom Bowler manages the water treatment plant at the Montana Pole site and recently captured this shot of a deer leaving the site by leaping over the passageway fence. (An adjacent storage yard is shown in the background.)
Upstairs or Downstairs? When it comes to radon, it doesn’t matter. The Surgeon General recommends testing all living space in your house or apartment below the third floor for radon, a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium. To learn more about radon – the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking – visit https://www.epa.gov/…/do…/2016_a_citizens_guide_to_radon.pdf. For Montana-specific radon information, visit http://deq.mt.gov/energy/radon
Watch how citizen scientists on the “Madison Stream Team” are helping DEQ monitor water quality. The volunteer program was created with support from a range of public and private sponsors, including DEQ.
After getting the final clearance from local DEQ, fire managers will be burning piles in the Brooklyn Bridge area south of Helena today. Smoke may be visible at... times. This work may continue over the next couple of days.
Questions? Call our Helena office at 406-449-5201.
Photo taken from a previous pile-burn project earlier this winter
A good read: The Independent Record's Tom Kuglin walks us through the fascinating science behind the Helena Valley's quirky winter weather.
Helena area friends, do you know where to find information about minimizing your environmental footprint? Helena College Continuing Education has a course in A...pril that will point you in the right direction!
Whether you’re a household or a business, this class will help demystify sustainability practices; learn how to balance the 3 pillars of sustainability – people 👫, planet🌎, and profit 💹– to find solutions to your everyday life.
Instructor Dianna Robinson with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will present this 4 week class. Click below for more info!
Date: 4/3 - 4/24 at 1115 North Roberts in Helena. Cost: $65.00
Renters and homeowners alike are called upon to protect their families during National Radon Action Month. If you rent, see EPA's "Radon Guide for Tenants" to learn what you can do to make sure your home does not have unsafe levels of radon: https://www.epa.gov/radon/radon-guide-tenants. For Montana-specific information on radon, visit http://deq.mt.gov/energy/radon
A new online watershed monitoring tool allows citizens to access comprehensive data and resources across Montana. The project, led by the Montana Watershed Coordination Council, was supported by funds from DEQ and the state Department of Natural Resources & Conservation. The new online tool was unveiled today at MWCC’s annual meeting. To learn more about your watershed visit https://mtwatersheds.org/app/water-monitoring/
Walking and driving is treacherous in many parts of Montana with this year's bountiful snow pack. But you can prevent harmful slips and falls without harming the environment. Consider using clean kitty litter, sand or bird seed as alternative to chemical snow melts, which can find their way into ground or surface water.
For more eco-friendly winter living tips visit https://www3.epa.gov/epahome/hi-winter.htm
Most of Montana is in the EPA's red zone for radon levels - something that should get every Montanan's attention given that radon causes up to 30,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. The good news is that radon testing kits start at about $10 and are easy to use. January is National Radon Action Month - time to make testing your first New Year's Resolution. To learn how visit: http://deq.mt.gov/energy/radon
To see EPA's Map of Radon Zones visit: https://www.epa.gov/…/find-information-about-local-radon-zo…
Air Quality in the Helena Valley has slipped into the "Unhealthy" category, thanks to a persistent winter inversion. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. For details visit: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/AirDataDisplay.aspx…
Helena's "Sleeping Giant" landmark is in hiding this afternoon, as seen from DEQ's Air Quality Web Cam deq.mt.gov/air/webcam, thanks to an inversion that has dropped air quality to the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" rating. Meanwhile, similar conditions have lowered air quality to "Moderate" in much of Western Montana. For a detailed look at today's air quality report visit: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/