Monthly Archives: August 2015

Update on Grantsdale groundwater discharge permit

This is the second brief filed by B4P counsel in our lawsuit challenging DEQ’s groundwater discharge permit for the Grantsdale Additions subdivision.
Excerpt…
IV. CONCLUSION
Bitterrooters ask that the Court determine DEQ acted unlawfully by failing to follow the statute and regulations in granting an exemption to non-degradation review. DEQ’s decision was arbitrary and capricious in light of the voluminous public comments raising concerns about nutrient pollution that DEQ failed to address in its decision-making process. Failing to complete a non-degradation analysis that includes the consideration of cumulative impacts from increased groundwater discharge in the Bitterroot Basin. The Court should find the DEQ’s approval of the Grantsdale groundwater discharge permit both arbitrary and capricious, and violation of § 75-5-
301(5), MCA, and Admin. R. M. 17.30.715(2). Bitterrooters request the Court declare the Permit void and remand the matter to DEQ for consideration of impacts to surface waters as required by statute cumulative effects and degradation of the Bitterroot River.
Read the entire document below
Read more…Grantsdale-Pls-Response-Brief-final.pdf

Bitterrooters for Planning wins major lawsuit against Ravalli County in Legacy Ranch subdivision case

Bitterrooters for Planning wins major lawsuit against Ravalli Coun

Local non-profit advocacy group Bitterrooters for Planning won a significant legal victory with a July 31 court ruling that nullified county approval of the largest residential subdivision in Ravalli County’s history.
B4P challenged Ravalli County’s August 2014 approval of the 639-home Legacy Ranch subdivision adjacent to the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville.
Read more…. Read more…Legacy_Ranch_OPINIONANDORDER.pdf