Bitterrooters for Planning, the Bitterroot River Protective Association and the Montana Environmental Information Center joined forces and sued the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for failing to protect Montana’s water quality when it allowed degradation of ground and surface water in the Grantsdale Addition subdivision. The Lewis and Clark County District Court recently found in favor of BfP and our partners, and voided the DEQ decision.
As you might remember, Gratnsdale Addition was a 181-unit residential subdivision on 70 acres at the corner of Grantsdale Cut-Off Road and Skalkaho Road. The wastewater runoff from a subdivision of this size and complexity would have had dire impacts to the river we know and love.
It’s another big court victory for BfP! And another loss for DEQ. which hopefully will take to heart its duty to protect water quality rather than make it easier for polluters to damage our waters.
And thanks to all BfP’s supporters, those who gave testimony and ground troops for help with this successful lawsuit!