October 13, 2006

The Missoulian today carried an article explaining Envirocon’s effort to assess the feasibility of constructing a bypass channel for the Clark Fork River at Milltown.

Bypass channel work site
Bypass channel work site

The dewatering pilot test will involve the installation of a variety of wells and drains in a selected area along the footprint of the bypass channel (shown above) and then pumping and/or monitoring them to determine how well and easily the sediments and alluvium can be dewatered, thus allowing for the subsequent excavation of the channel.

“If we can’t get the water out of the sediment, then we’re going to have to look at a different way to go about it,” according to Envirocon’s Matt Fein, in a Missoulian interview. “Engineering and planning says it will work, but I wouldn’t want to bet the farm on it until we try it.”

Read the Missoulian’s coverage for more details.

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