By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Report: Holland Lake Wastewater Lagoon leaking 148 times above legal limit


October 26, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

A test of the Holland Lake Wastewater System shows the lagoons lost 19.5 inches of effluent in eight days, much higher than the six inches allowed annually by the state.

A leakage study determined the Holland Lake Wastewater System has been spilling sewage at a very high rate into the surrounding ground, an issue that the Forest Service said will be fixed under state guidelines.

If the Forest Service does not complete the necessary maintenance deadlines, it might face legal trouble with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, which said in an Oct. 18 letter that some fines associated with the lagoon could run up to $10,000 per day.

The study showed that the wastewater system had leaked 19.5 inches of effluent over eight days. The state approved l...

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