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Upper Clark Fork River Cleanup on Phase 1 nears completion
The Clark Fork River winds through the heart of western Montana; carrying more water than any other river system in the state. Read More ...
Phase 5 & 6 of the Clark Fork River cleanup
Phase 5 & 6 of the Clark Fork River cleanup Read More ...
Deer Lodge Superfund Cleanup Public Meeting
The Clark Fork River Technical Assistance Committee (CFRTAC) hosted a public meeting, Tuesday, October 4 from 7pm Read More ...
Clark Fork River Landowners attend Superfund Cleanup Meeting
CFRTAC hosted an informational meeting for landowners on the Clark Fork River regarding the river cleanup April 21, thirty-three people met at the Racetrack Community Center... Read More ...
Milltown Sediments Fail to Grow Plants at the BP-ARCO Repository
Contaminated sediments from the Milltown Reservoir Superfund site have yet to grow the much hoped for vegetation at the BP-ARCO Waste Repository at the Anaconda Smelter Superfund ... Read More ...
Upper Clark Fork River Cleanup Work Begins
With little fanfare but long anticipation, cleanup work at the Clark Fork River Superfund site began in October with the excavation of contaminated soil from residential areas ... Read More ...
Clark Fork River Phase 1 Cleanup Site Tour, June 19, 2013

Tour handoutMontana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hosted a site tour of the Clark Fork River Reach A, Phase 1 Cleanup currently underway as part of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin

Remediation and Restoration Advisory Council meeting on June 19, 2013. Stakeholder tours will be held on a monthly basis through construction season on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

 
Montana Governor Tours Clark Fork River Cleanup

July 17, 2013 - Montana Governor Steve Bullock visited the Clark Fork River at Warm Springs today to view cleanup activities underway by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Bullock stated, “This cleanup is important to the agricultural heritage of this area.” He also talked about the importance it will play in stimulating the economy and improving the environment. Bullock put the amount of contamination that will be removed into perspective, “If you stacked the waste onto a 100-yard football field it would be 50-feet high.”

 
Milltown Sediments Get a Final Treatment

October 2012 - The final treatment of the Milltown sediments began this year at the BP- ARCO Waste Repository and will continue through 2013. The Milltown sediments came from the cleanup of the Milltown Reservoir Superfund site and cover about 660 acres of the repository. . It was originally thought that the sediments contained enough organic material to work as a cover soil, but failure to grow adequate vegetation led to dust storms and public frustration. BP was still on the hook to develop a solution, so after a series of greenhouse studies, they proposed a new design to deal with the sediments. Lime will be applied and tilled into the top 6-inches of the sediments, then a 12-inch clean soil cap will be installed and re-vegetated with the help of compost and fertilizer.

 
Milltown State Park is On-track to Open in Late 2013

Fall 2012 - Now that excavators and dump trucks are gone, and grasses, willows, and trees are slowly taking root, the Milltown Superfund site is looking less like a construction zone, and more like the park it’s about to become.  For one hundred years, Milltown Dam straddled the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers, blocking fish and holding back a century’s worth of polluted mining waste.  The 180-acre reservoir behind the dam was full of contaminated sediment—6.6 million cubic yards of it—that washed down from Butte’s copper mines during the record flood of 1908 and stacked up behind the dam. The contaminated sediment, laden with arsenic and copper, poisoned local wells and killed off fish and other aquatic life during high flows and ice jams.  Now, thanks to Superfund cleanup, the worst of that is gone.  In place of a dam and reservoir, the Clark Fork River meanders naturally across a wide floodplain.  What a difference six years has made.

 
Deer Lodge and its Bum Bridge gets cleanup

Fall 2012 - Summertime along the banks of the Clark Fork River in Deer Lodge finds children enjoying the cool water in the sunshine. This area is called “Bum Bridge” by local folks as it was once home to railroad vagabonds who would enjoy the park-like setting of the area where the railroad crossed the river.

 
Warm Springs Ponds 2011 Water Quality Update

June 2012 - Atlantic Richfield hosted their annual public meeting in June, 2012 to present information to the community related to Warm Springs Ponds (WSPs). Presentations at the meeting were mainly related to water quality – other topics discussed included community education opportunities, recreational and wildlife values of the WSPs, and an evaluation of new modeling tools and treatment alternatives to ensure the ability to meet water quality standards after treatment through the ponds.

 
Butte’s Parrot Tailings (yet again)

CFRTAC KUFM/Montana Public Radio Commentary by Pat Munday, 10/27/11

 
NRDP Planning Documents Shape Upper Clark Fork Restoration Plan

A new planning document and two recent state reports on fisheries and upland wildlife habitat priorities may form the foundation of a long awaited Natural Resources Damage Program restoration plan for the Upper Clark Fork River basin.

 
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