Friends of the Jocko Actions

Friends of the Jocko’s lawsuit against MT DEQ, June 2nd, 2023.

Friends of the Jocko’s Comments on the MT DEQ’s Draft Environmental Assessment (EA), prepared by Ferguson Law; and supporting attachments:

Friends of the Jocko’s 2nd set of comments to the MT DEQ, responding to Riverside Contracting’s Amended Permit. Prepared by Ferguson Law, 11-10-22.

Friends of the Jocko’s official comments to the Montana DEQ on Riverside Contracting’s permit, and the DEQ’s handling of the process. Prepared by Ferguson Law, 9-6-2022 (pdf).


MT DEQ approves the Rehbein Pit, releases a Final EA, and also releases a Revised Permit. April 3rd, 2023

MT DEQ Seeks Comment on Opencut Mining Draft Environmental Assessment for the Marvin Rehbein Gravel Pit Site, January 25, 2023

Riverside Contracting’s Amended Permit, received by DEQ on 12-6-2022.

Montana DEQ Second Deficiency Letter to Riverside Contracting, Nov. 22nd, 2022

EWAM and the Garden of 1,000 Buddha’s comments to the MT DEQ about Riverside Contracting’s project, 11-4-22.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes comments to the MT DEQ about Riverside’s permit application, 9-20-22.

Riverside Contracting’s Amended Permit for the asphalt plant & gravel pit, Sept. 21st, 2022. This amended Permit Application is in response to the MT DEQ deficiency letter of 8-17-22.

Montana DEQ Deficiency Letter to Riverside Contracting, Aug. 17th, 2022, detailing what Riverside must do to advance permitting process.

Riverside Contracting Permit Application for Asphalt Plant and Gravel Permit in the Jocko Valley, April 7, 2022 (pdf)

Riverside Contracting letter notifying public if they want to request a public meeting (contains letter, response form and topographic map), – April 28, 2022 (pdf)

HB 599, amending the Montana Open Cut laws, 2021 Montana Legislature (pdf)

Fact Sheets & Handouts

Download Friends of the Jocko information to print, hand out, or post. Read the fact sheets to quickly familiarize yourself with the issues.


Montana Constitution, with Right to Clean & Healthful Environment, Right of Participation, and Right to Know.

Guide to the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) 2021

Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Opencut Mining Program

Montana DEQ Laws and Regulations

Montana Environmental Quality Council’s web resource page on MEPA.

A Citizen’s Guide to Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking, 2002 MEPA guide from the MT EQC

Other Organizations involved in similar work

Montana Environmental Information Center

Park County Environmental Council (Livingston & Paradise Valley)
    • Proposed Gravel Pit Near Emigrant MT: What You Need to Know. June 11, 2022

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