Suit cites water worries

The Butte Environmental Council files lawsuit for general plan inadequacies

The Butte Environmental Council has fired back against Butte County just weeks after the five-member Board of Supervisors gave the green light to an updated general plan.

According to the lawsuit, filed on Monday (Nov. 29) and naming the county and the board, BEC alleges the county did not provide sufficient evidence during the general-plan-update process regarding adverse impacts on the county’s groundwater supplies.

The suit claims the county violated the California Environmental Quality Act by not preparing an “adequate environmental review document” relating to the land-use and housing elements.

The supervisors approved the Butte County General Plan 2030 in late October. BEC advocates have been vocal throughout the process, noting concerns about the plan’s effects on local water resources.