February 13, 2007

In a January Montana Public Radio commentary, CFRTAC friend and volunteer Pat Munday asks what will become of Warm Springs Ponds at the head of the Clark Fork River. The ponds are used to treat the toxic flows of Silver Bow Creek and have been effective in removing copper but remain a source of arsenic in the Clark Fork River. And then there’s the “postmodern trout fishery: supported by stocking exotic fish, chemical treatment, and a network of pumps, piping, water testing, maintenance, and humans that try to make it function properly.” The ponds, he reminds listeners, “are a huge waste repository—and, like Butte, a Superfund site to be maintained in perpetuity.”

Read the January Montana Public Radio comentary here (PDF) or check out a longer version on his Ecorover blog.

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