Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bitterrooters challenge MT_DEQ approval of groundwater discharge permit for Grantsdale Addition

Excerpt “This case presents important issues of first impression regarding DEQ’s obligation to protect surface waters from pollution generated by subdivision waste – water. DEQ violated the plain language of §75-5-301, MCA, by failing to assess the potential for surface water impacts even though the subdivision will discharge up to 60,000 gallons of sewage with high concentrations of nutrient pollution each day into the shallow, rapidly moving groundwater aquifer close to the Bitterroot River. DEQ failed to gather any site specific data about ground – surface water connectivity. DEQ then failed to respond to the voluminous evidence the public provided on hydrologic connectivity. Read more…. Read more…June 26 Grantsdale Addition briefing.pdf