Water binds us all together, and in the case of northwest Montana, our community is living with the downstream effects of the upriver environment. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks found selenium levels were increasing in seven species of fish in Lake Koocanusa between 2008 and 2013. For this reason and many others, Montana BHA strongly supports the state of Montana's proposed water quality limits to protect Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River from selenium contamination from Canada’s coal mines.
You can weigh in as well until Monday, November 23. Following that, the Environmental Board of Review will make the final decision on the standard.
Comments may be submitted to Sandy Scherer, Paralegal, Department of Environmental Quality, 1520 E. Sixth Avenue, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana 59620-0901; faxed to (406) 444-4386; or emailed to [email protected]