The Bitterroot National Forest is seeking public input on plans to modernize infrastructure and stabilize the shoreline along the Bitterroot River within the Rombo Campground.
Rombo is among the well-known campgrounds within the forest. It is located in the West Fork Ranger District and offers public fishing and camping options during the summer months.
According to a report, the project’s goal is to tackle safety and health concerns arising from an old potable water system, insufficient septic, and to stabilize the eroding shoreline.
The project will replace the campground’s old water system and add a new pump house as well as a host site that is fitted with new septic. The shoreline stabilization measures will hinder further erosion to protect the campground and restore vegetation along the river banks.
Furthermore, due to flooding concerns and the inability to stabilize the eroding shoreline, a part of the access road might be moved away from the river.
Work on the new septic and water system, host site, and road re-route could begin later in the spring if the weather cooperates. The shoreline stabilization work is scheduled for fall 2022 or spring 2023.
If work is completed during the summer, the public might be affected due to safety closures within the campground.
To learn more about the project, visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot. Click on “Land and Resource Management,” then “Projects.”
Public comments on the project and/or individual sites and resources are valuable in helping the Forest Service identify concerns and develop alternatives. Comments are requested by Feb. 23.
Submit comments to District Ranger Dan Pliley through mail (West Fork Ranger District, 6735 West Fork Road, Darby, Montana 59829), fax (406-821-1211), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Comments on Rombo Campground Repairs and Stabilization” in the subject line.
For more information contact Tanya Neidhardt, West Fork Recreation Manager at 406-821-1215.