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Big Sky aims to limit the impacts of growth with upgraded wastewater system

While proponents say the $50 million project will protect the area's watershed, others remain concerned by the effects of rapid development.

BIG SKY - As the noon sun beat down, construction equipment humming across the land of the Big Sky Water and Sewer District put the final touches on six years of work.

The new Water Resource Recovery Facility sits just east of the Town Center and a few hundred feet from the Gallatin River. The view from its deck showed a changing Big Sky. In the shadow of Lone Peak, workers built rows of condos that will send wastewater to be treated at the plant. In the opposite direction were stacks of concrete stored for the sewer district's expansion.

Across the road, the Gallatin River weaves through wetl...

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