Friends of the Jocko, Arlee MT

We Love the Jocko Valley…

Let’s Protect it!

   The Jocko Valley is being threatened by industrial development proposals, from high density housing projects, to a million cubic yard gravel pit and asphalt plant proposed for a 157 acre site at the end of White Coyote Road.
   Those of us who live in the Jocko see the threat of industrial development are coming together to protect the
Jocko Valley.
   We are not willing to accept developers’ attempts to bring industrial development and its associated pollution, environmental and social impacts on the beauty and quiet that makes the Jocko Valley such a special place.




WHAT’S GOING ON?

* April 10th, 2024. Friends of the Jocko had their first Hearing on their MEPA Complaint challenging the sufficiency of DEQ’s Environmental Assessment. Judge Molly Owens, in Lake County District Court took oral arguments from Friends’ lawyer, Graham Coppes of Ferguson & Coppes, DEQ’s lawyers, and the lawyer representing Riverside Contracting. We hope to get a positive ruling from the Court, but it will take a little time for the Judge to rule.

On April 19th our lawyers will file the closing arguments in our other case. Our Administrative Appeal challenging the adequacy of the Permit that DEQ issued is central to this case. It will probably take several months to get an answer from the BER’s Hearing Examiner.

### In the meantime our lawyers have been super busy on this, and we have significant legal bills to cover. Please click on the Donate link and help us and the Jocko Valley out! You can donate via PayPal or GoFundMe. ###

June 2nd, 2023. Friends of the Jocko filed lawsuit agains MT DEQ in District Court, Polson MT. Read the Complaint and our Press Release here.

* April 3rd, 2023. The Montana DEQ approved the Permit for the Rehbein Gravel Pit, and released a Final EA and Permit. We have 30 days to appeal and request a hearing in front of the DEQ’s Board of Environmental Review (BER), and 60 days to file a MEPA lawsuit against the EA. You can see these new documents on our resources page, here.


Link on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5wdSxP0e6KM6iRyNmTkYrp?si=54ef002d9f924357
Link on Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gravel-pits-and-the-public-losing-their-voice/id1531234247?i=1000581969548


OUR FOCUS

Friends of the Jocko is working to hold the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to the letter of the law and State Constitution in its role permitting an asphalt plant and gravel pit in the Valley.
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ABOUT US

Friends of the Jocko is a newly formed Montana Nonprofit Corporation dedicated to prevention industrial developments in the Jocko Valley.
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THE THREAT

In the spring of 2022 Riverside Contracting proposed to build an asphalt plant and gravel pit at the end of White Coyote Lane. The suddenness of the permitting process galvanized nearby residents to take action.
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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

MAKE A DONATION

Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as advocate for good.




TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS & SPEAK OUT!

Spread the word and become involved! Help us to advocate for the Jocko Valley. Become informed about the asphalt plant and gravel pit, and about Montana’s permitting process.

JOIN OUR EFFORTS

Contact us or come to our public meetings, and find out how you can help the Friends of the Jocko in its efforts! Sign up for our E-NEWS mailing list.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Visit our alerts page to find ways to let your concerns about the proposed asphalt plant and gravel pit be known. Send your comments to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, who is responsible for handling Riverside Contracting’s permit application.

NEWS ALERTS

JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST

Stay up to date with all of the efforts of Friends of the Jocko. We will send out emails to notify you of important information.

“We respect that we live on the traditional lands of the Bitterroot Salish (Séliš), Pend d’Oreille (Ql̓ispé), and Kootenai (Ktunʌ́χɑ̝) peoples. Many other indigenous peoples also passed through and cared for this space as it was often a corridor to and from lands and communities.”

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