Zinke requests federal dollars for Seeley, Ravalli sewage plants

Money for two potential sewer systems in Missoula County could come from the federal government after Montana’s western U.S. House representative made a request through Congress last week. 

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced the funding request for 15 western Montana infrastructure projects on Friday, including $18 million for a Seeley Lake sewer, which locals have revived as housing prices rise and water quality diminishes.

Zinke also requested $10 million for a wastewater treatment plant in Ravalli County, which has struggled to keep up with sewage as the Bitterroot Valley booms with growth.

Bill Decker, Seeley Lake interim district sewer manager, goes over a map on March 29, 2024, of the Seeley Lake area, which has markers symbolizing where septic tank systems are located and what sites are being monitored for possible leaks and contamination.


The money would come from the House’s Community Project Funding. Each request must be approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Zinke, a Republican, is a member of the committee.

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