Flathead Lakers Appeal Water-Bottling Permit

A local environmental nonprofit organization has filed an appeal with the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, seeking a reversal of the agency’s decision to grant a permit to a water-bottling plant in Creston.

The Flathead Lakers announced the group would appeal the DNRC’s January decision to issue a water permit to the Montana Artesian Water Company, a controversial proposed water-bottling plant in Creston, despite objections from valley residents and neighbors to the property.

The Montana Artesian Water Company had already received approval from the state Montana Department of Environmental Quality to draw 710 acre-feet of water per year, equivalent to 1.2 billion 20-ounce water bottles.