July 24, 2006

The Monday Missoulian features a couple of articles relating to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. and the Milltown cleanup. In the first one, the FWP plans to close portions of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers for the duration of the remediation and restoration efforts at the Milltown Reservoir, likely to be five years. The move, part of the Site Access and Control Plan for reservoir cleanup, would close the Blackfoot for a mile and half above the dam and the Clark Fork from a half-mile below the dam to three miles above it beginning September 1. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will decide on the issue at its meeting in Missoula, August 3.

The second article reports that the FWP Dept. is calling on the public to help it by simply not disturbing its monitoring fish cages. Recently, vandals destroyed one of the fish cages below the Milltown Dam. The cages are essential to the department’s effort to monitor the effects of the cleanup work on fish populations in the lower Clark Fork. “We just need people to leave our cages alone,” said David Schmetterling, a FWP biologist.

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