35 Million Gallons of Wastewater Spills into Gallatin River

DEQ says the spill does not pose a threat to human health

By Dillon Tabish

BOZEMAN — A pipe below a holding pond in Big Sky has released an estimated 35 million gallons of sewage water into the West Fork of the Gallatin River.

A statement from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality says the sewage water is treated and that the spill reported Thursday afternoon does not pose a threat to human health. A fish biologist with the state was expected to be at the site Friday to determine potential impacts on marine life.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that most of the sewage comes from the Big Sky Sewer District, with some coming from the wastewater treatment facility used at the Yellowstone Club.

The club says crews were working to fix the problem Thursday and that the spill would be contained sometime Friday.

The Montana Free Press has a video and photos along with a story on the spill.