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Group challenging Flathead County decision on Egan Slough management

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KALISPELL - The fight over a Creston bottling plant is back in court, on two different legal fronts this week.

Attorneys argued their points on Monday over a summary judgment in the case which questions Flathead County commissioners' denial of a citizen's petition to create an expanded zone in the Egan Slough area, a step which might have blocked Montana Artesian Water Company

Judge Robert Allison is considering the citizen's complaints over how Flathead County commissioners reviewed the zoning and denied a request by Yes! for Farms and Water, which had pressed to have the question put before voters last year.

"I think it went well, it was a good discussion of the issues and clearly the judge understands what the issues are and what's at stake," said Kim Wilson, an attorney for the plaintiffs. 

Supporters of the suit believe county residents should vote on the question of protecting the Slough from industrial use, preserving farmland and wildlife habitat. 

Meanwhile, Water for Flathead's Future and the Flathead Lakers are asking a Lewis and Clark County judge to review the state's decision approving permits for Montana Artesian. 

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