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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the agency charged with protecting a clean and healthful environment, as guaranteed by the State Constitution. The DEQ accomplishes this by monitoring environmental conditions and taking proactive measures to preserve and improve the quality of these natural resources. We base decisions on information from our citizens and scientific research and analysis. We work to ensure the public interest is served while making efficient use of the funds entrusted to us. Our ultimate goal is to protect public health and to maintain Montana’s high quality of life for current and future generations.

Featured News:

After more than a century of chronic pollution caused by underground coal mining, Belt Creek south of Great Falls is part of an ambitious plan for a water treatment plant. Karl Puckett of the Great Falls Tribune offers this story on DEQ’s plans to address the problem. The Tribune’s editorial staff wrote this piece in support of the project. 

Director Tom Livers