Yellowstone Club gets approval to make snow from recycled wastewater

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In the future, skiers at the Yellowstone Club will slide down snow made from recycled wastewater.

Gazette Staff JULIANA SUKUT Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The Department of Environmental Quality gave the Yellowstone Club a green light this week to use reclaimed wastewater to make snow in an effort to bolster stream flows and reduce nutrient loading in the Gallatin River.

The private ski resort near Big Sky initially applied for a permit in March 2020, and was issued an initial draft permit notice this March. The DEQ announced on Tuesday that it had given the plans final approval.

The Yellowstone Club is the first resort in Montana to apply and be approved to use treated wastewater for snowmaking with the DEQ.

The permit allows the club to direct more than 25 million gallons of treated and disinfected wastewater toward snowmaking operations at the base of Eglise Mountain.

The reclaimed water will be used for the base layer of snowpack, said Rich Chandler, environmental manager for the Yellowstone Club.

Then natural snow, or snow made out of

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