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Today’s Solutions: July 19, 2024

A youth-led environmental vict

A youth-led environmental victory creates a paradigm shift in Montana's legal landscape

A group of youth environmental activists scored a landmark legal victory in Montana, marking a critical step forward in the ongoing battle against climate change. This judicial win has sparked debate on constitutional rights, environmental responsibility, and the possibility of legal routes to Read More...

Pearl Jam founder is empowerin

Pearl Jam founder is empowering kids with skateboarding in rural Montana

Pearl Jam founder Jeff Ament is one of the world’s most famous bass guitarists, but these days, his attention has shifted to a different goal: using skateboarding to empower the youth of Montana. Originally from Big Sandy, Montana, Ament is familiar with the challenges of growing up in a small Read More...

Historic Indigenous water righ

Historic Indigenous water rights agreement finalized in Montana

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) are celebrating the long-awaited final approval of a $1.9 billion water rights settlement. Signed this week by US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the water compact resolves tribal claims to waterways throughout Western Montana and authorizes Read More...

Conserving this wildlife corri

Conserving this wildlife corridor is a bear-necessity

The Vital Ground Foundation and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) bought 80 acres last week near the confluence of the Bull River and Clark Fork River in northwestern Montana to conserve a crucial wildlife corridor between the Cabinet Mountains in the north and the Bitterroot Read More...

Well Done: The foundation plug

Well Done: The foundation plugging abandoned oil wells in Montana

Montana may be known for its stunning grass plains, but what most people don’t know is that there are many unplugged oil wells across the state’s farmlands that leak thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gasses such as methane each year. They can also leach toxins into groundwater and surface Read More...

How local breweries improved w

How local breweries improved water quality in this Montana town

Faced with an aging water treatment plant and polluted water from ten nearby breweries disrupting treatment operations, the small town of Havre, Montana came up with a solution to use beer to its advantage. Engineering consultant Coralyn Revis figured out a plan to use the beer water runoff from Read More...