Kalispell, MT, October 18, 2023 — For the past several months, the Forest Service has been actively engaged in correspondence with Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and has met with DEQ leaders and staff regarding the Holland Lake wastewater treatment system.
The wastewater system is in place to serve the 42-site Holland Lake Campground and associated dump station, as well as Holland Lake Lodge. As per DEQ’s request, the Forest Service investigated the holding ponds and conducted a leakage study, following DEQ’s procedures.
A site visit late last week, conducted in conjunction with the DEQ and Missoula County, indicated a leak in the wastewater system. Both sites are now closed, and no additional effluent will enter the wastewater system. The Forest Service began taking remedial steps and making plans to replace the liner due to the results of the test, working with DEQ to take an appropriate and timely course of action.
The Forest Service appreciates the involvement of DEQ and Missoula County and will continue to actively cooperate with our partners.
“We are committed to maintaining and protecting water quality and, together with DEQ, will ensure appropriate actions, in compliance the Clean Water Act.” Said Carol Hatfield, Acting Forest Supervisor for the Flathead National Forest.