All septic waste has to go somewhere, but Madison Valley residents oppose sites in Jeffers, Bear Creek

Humans create waste. That waste must be disposed of somewhere – in Montana, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has 121 land application sites for septage. A land application site is an area where domestic septage is sprayed much like fertilizer and incorporated into the ground within six hours, which is a state-mandated requirement.

South West Septic, a Madison County-based company, received permission from Quarter Circle One Ranch to apply for a DEQ permit to land apply septage on two ranch-owned sites in the Madison Valley – 180 acres in Jeffers and 120 acres off Bear Creek.

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