It may not be sexy but it's certainly much needed.
Montana State Parks has approved the installation of a new wastewater treatment system at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park near Whitehall. The $2 million project will include a 17,000-gallon septic tank, dosing tank, effluent pumps, drain field, and associated components.
The old system was installed in the late 1960s. Considering that the park receives about 80,000 visitors each year, it was long overdue to upgrade the facility and was therefore a top priority for the parks division.
Funding came from the 2017 Legislature which provided a $2 million appropriation: $1 million for the Parks Earned Revenue Account and $1 million in Accommodation Tax funding.
To view the Decision Notice and EA, log on to http://stateparks.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmental-assessments/pn_0091.html.