The upcoming meeting between President Obama and Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is drawing a lot of attention to transboundary environmental issues . . .
On March 10, President Obama will host a state dinner at the White House for newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the first time such an event has occurred for a Canadian leader in nearly two decades.
The historic gathering between the two liberal leaders could signal a watershed moment for the conservation world, which is on high alert as stakeholders attempt to ensure that a suite of transboundary natural resource measures figure prominently on the menu, including a call by Montana’s largest tribal government to address concerns over mining contaminants in the state’s waterways.
On both sides of the border, the growing wish list of environmental measures is unspooling rapidly.
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From the Missoulian . . .
An agreement on how to clean up western Montana’s rivers takes a big-picture look at a problem that’s been in the courts since 1997.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Montana Department of Environmental Quality settled with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Wild Swan to look at whole watersheds instead of individual rivers and streams when trying to meet federal Clean Water Act standards.
The agreement requires plans for cleaning 664 pollutants in 28 watersheds be in place by 2014. The clean-up efforts must improve habitat for bull trout and other native fish in the Clark Fork, Flathead, Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Kootenai rivers in Montana.
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From today’s Metro, Calgary edition (see previous post for full text of letter mentioned here) . . .
Eight former park superintendents are pressing the U.S. and Canadian governments to pass protection for areas adjacent to Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park just across the border.
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