Development, Improvements, and Enhancements
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a supplemental environmental assessment (EA) for a Permit Application from Flathead County for Boat Ramp Construction on Church Slough in Flathead County. In October 2009, Flathead County submitted an application for a 124 permit pursuant to the Montana Stream Protection Act to FWP in preparation for the development of a boat ramp at Church Slough. In response to the application, FWP prepared an environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to the Montana Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM). FWP’s review of the county’s design plan was to determine if the plan was technically sufficient and if the project would adversely affect any fish or wildlife habitat in accordance with the Stream Protection Act. In February 2010 FWP distributed the EA for public review, in April 2010 FWP published the decision notice, in June 2010 a lawsuit was filed to challenge FWP's decision, in June 2012 the county boat ramp was closed by court order, and in January 2013 FWP was remanded to District Court to complete a supplemental MEPA Analysis document. This document focuses on the directions set forth in the remand order by Flathead District Court, which requires FWP to analyze a new alternative that was not included in the 2010 EA and complete a more comprehensive analysis of secondary and cumulative impacts of the proposed action. The significance of those impacts to the human environment, both beneficial and adverse, is determined by using the criteria described in ARM 12-2-431(a-g). Public review and comments are requested on the supplemental components including the new alternative (Alternative C) and analysis of secondary and cumulative impacts for all alternatives. The draft is out for a 30-day public review through July 4, 2013. Comments should be mailed to Church Slough Supplemental EA, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 490 N Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, or e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.