June 27, 2006

The Missoulian reports that the Clark Fork Coalition has received two planning grants from the Natural Resource Damage Program that look at additional sediment removal and land acquisition at the Milltown Reservoir.

The first grant examines the feasibility of removing an additional 350,000 cubic yards of sediment that would be left in place under the EPA’s cleanup plan. “We don’t believe that leaving a hazardous repository onsite is a good idea,” said Matt Clifford of the coalition. “Placing that rip-rap wall there doesn’t give the river a lot of room to move.”

The second grant, submitted with the backing of the Milltown Redevelopment Working Group, will appraise the value of Northwestern Energy lands in the reservoir area. The redevelopment group has called for public ownership of the lands at the Milltown site for trails and an interpretive center.

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