Sewage Overflow Tracked, Resolved

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March 28, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing whom to call.

A complaint last month over sewage overflowing a shared holding tank at the Mill Bay RV Resort near Manson, Wash., went to local, county and state offices before finally landing where it belonged — with the Colville Tribe’s Environmental Trust Program, The Wenatchee World reported.

Officials say the RV park shares a system with Mill Bay Casino, and sewage from both is held in a tank 50 yards from Lake Chelan, then pumped to the Lake Chelan Reclamation District.

Paul Grondal, the RV park association manager, said a spill in late December and another in January were the size of a football field, and came within a few yards of Lake Chelan’s shore. He said he thinks the system wasn’t designed for the amount of sewage coming from the casino, which was rebuilt last year and is now much larger than it once was. He said after notifying the casino and getting no action, he started contacting environmental health officials.

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