Monitoring Meeting for the Clark Fork Basin- August 3rd, 2017.
This year, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Geological Survey/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a joint monitoring meeting to provide data and monitoring results from 2016. We are awaiting the final, quality checked data. Once we have received that we will provide a summary of the results and what that tells us about the rivers current health.
The meeting agenda can be found below.
Last Friday, July 7, recently completed phases 1, 2, 5 and 6 were visited to inspect the progress of vegetation and to determine how the various streambank treatments were performing. Overall, the project was performing as expected. A more thorough monitoring event should occur in conjunction with the State of Montana this summer, where various monitoring metrics will be measured to ensure performance criteria is being met in accordance with the Record of Decision. Check back later for that information.
Above: Looking downstream from the Morel Road Bridge
Above: Coir Log from a streambank that is growing vegetation
Above: Phase 2 Oxbow Vegetation
We are excited to announce two new members of CFRTAC!
In February 2017, Katie Garcin was hired to serve as one of our Technical Advisors. Katie's role will include public outreach, coordination with the State agencies, technical review and technical advising to landowners and stakeholders whose property is part of the cleanup activities. Katie is currently working for Weston Solutions, a private firm located in Helena, but has 5 years of prior experience working for the State of Montana DEQ as a Project Manager on the Clark Fork River cleanup.
Andy Fischer became a new member of the CFRTAC Board in June 2017. Andy is currently a Project Manager for the Clark Fork River Coaltion. Based out of Deer Lodge, Andy brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to working with stakeholder groups, water rights, and monitoring project effectiveness, among many other things. Andy's familiarity with the project will be a major asset to the Board and members of the community as the cleanup moves forward. We are excited to have Andy as part of the CFRTAC team!