Montana Environmental Information Center is a statewide advocacy organization founded in 1973 to protect and restore Montana's natural environment. Based in the state capital, MEIC works in the executive, legislative and judicial realms to promote strong environmental policies. MEIC also collaborates with a wide variety of state, regional and national environmental groups, and with new voices for environmental protection, including business, farming, labor, tribal, education, religious and public health interests. The organization has approximately 3,500 members.
Montana Environmental Information Center has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2000.
The Dearborn River in the Scapegoat Wilderness, part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Photo courtesy of Sara Marino, MEIC.
Fall on the Gallatin River, in Yellowstone National Park, Montana. Photo courtesy of Amy Kelley, MEIC.
Windmills at the Judith Gap wind farm in central Montana, which produces about 8% of the total power used by Northwest Energy. Photo courtesy of Montana Environmental Information Center.
Sunset at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Montana. Photo courtesy of Sara Marino, MEIC.
$90,000 - A two-year grant to protect and restore Montana’s natural environment. Conservation policy
$100,000 - A two year grant to protect and restore Montana’s natural environment. Conservation policy
$95,000 - A two-year grant to protect and restore Montana's natural environment. Conservation policy
$2,000 - To hire a consultant and natural resources economist to analyze an economic impact study. Opportunity fund
$90,000 - A two-year grant to protect and restore Montana's natural environment. Conservation policy
$45,000 - To protect and restore Montana's natural environment. Conservation policy
$80,000 - To protect and restore Montana's natural environment. Conservation policy
$40,000 - To protect and restore Montana's natural environment. Conservation policy
$49,000 - To increase organizational capacity and effectiveness. Conservation capacity
$60,000 - For general support to promote progress in environmental policy at the state level. Conservation policy
$25,000 - To strengthen protections of Montana's air, land and water. Place-based conservation
$40,000 - For general support, with a program emphasis on mining reform and energy development and for a technology upgrade for member communications. Place-based conservation
$20,000 - For general support, with an emphasis on mining reform and energy development. Place-based conservation
$20,000 - For general support to sustain a mining reform campaign within Montana and protection of the Yellowstone to Yukon Ecoregion. Place-based conservation
$20,000 - To provide a technical upgrade of computer equipment and concurrent staff training. Conservation capacity
$40,000 - To consolidate and defend gains in seeking reform of hardrock mining in Montana. Place-based conservation
A federal court recently found that the BLM plans allowing coal mining and oil and gas drilling on over 15 million acres of public land and mineral rights in Montana and Wyoming to be unlawful. The court found that BLM failed to consider alternatives to unfettered coal, oil, and gas leasing that would reduce impacts to air, land, water, wildlife, and the global climate.Go »
Montana's Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, which provide critical habitat to grizzly bears and bull trout, are safe from the proposed Rock Creek Mine. For now. The mining company proposing the project is in violation of the state's "bad actor" laws, which prohibit mining executives whose former companies failed to complete required mine clean-up from undertaking new mining projects in the state.Go »
A U.S. District Court recently said no to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s attempt to delay implementation of the BLM’s methane waste rule, which is designed to reduce waste of methane by oil and gas companies on federal public lands. About $330 million worth of gas is wasted every year, which robs taxpayers of royalties, causes unacceptable damage to public health, and exacerbates climate change.Go »
In a win for Montana taxpayers, a district court judge has ruled that a rural wastewater discharge permit awarded to a developer was issued illegally. The permit would have set a precedent allowing lower water quality standards for on-site wastewater disposal systems in rural subdivisions not on a municipal wastewater system. This would have created an economic incentive for rural sprawl development and would leave taxpayers to pay for clean-up.Go »
Decades after water contamination problems first started at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, a court agreement between conservation groups and the facility’s owners will result in far safer disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal ash waste generated by burning coal at the plant. The waste byproduct of burning coal, coal ash contains several known carcinogens and neurotoxins.Go »
A big coal company has suspended its permit application with the state of Montana for a $600 million coal mine in southeastern Montana. Otter Creek Coal Mine was proposed in 2012 and would have produced about 20 million tons of coal annually over 20 years, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. The coal company, Arch Coal, filed for bankruptcy in January of 2016.Go »
Conservationists recently celebrated the closure of the Corette coal burning power plant in Montana, after legal battles that spanned three decades. The 2015 decision to close the plant was ultimately due in part to the 47-year-old plant's inability to meet new mercury pollution standards. Coal power now accounts for just 26 percent of the operating utility's energy supply, down from 48 percent.Go »