water quality

Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Several years ago, Havre, Montana had a problem. Its treated wastewater had too many nutrients. Fixing it was expected to cost millions of dollars. But, wastewater workers discovered a cheap, upcycled solution through the magic of chemistry and beer.

Skye Borden with Environment Montana is collecting samples from the Yellowstone River in Billings to test for microplastics September 12.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

The results of a plastic contamination survey of 50 waterways in Montana is expected in October.

Snow samples from three national parks in the Rocky Mountains reflect improved air quality in the region since the mid-1990s. That’s according to a recent publication from the National Park Service.