By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Missoula County requires retroactive permit for Holland Lake wastewater system


October 5, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

The Holland Lake Wastewater Treatment plant in September 2023. Missoula County has ordered the Forest Service to apply for a retroactive permit on the site.

Missoula Public Health has ordered the Forest Service to reapply retroactively for a permit to operate a wastewater lagoon for the Holland Lake Lodge and its neighboring campgrounds after it violated county code.

To get the permit, the department said the Forest Service must get Montana Department of Environmental Quality approval. Any changes, additional structures or streams added to the system since 2001 must be revealed too, the letter said.

The wastewater lagoon sits roughly 1,000 feet away from Holland Lake. DEQ has required the Forest Service to do a study of the lagoon after the n...

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