October 17, 2007

The Montana Standard reports that trout are turning up in the restored sections of Silver Bow Creek, one of the main tributaries of the Clark Fork River. The Dept. of Environmental Quality, the agency leading the cleanup, recently announced that several brook trout, and even a handful of cutthroats, have been found in fish surveys this year along Silver Bow Creek, where a remediation and restoration effort has been underway since 1999.

Silverbow Creek
Silver Bow Creek

“This data shows that progress is being made to a once dead system,” said Gregory Mullen of the Natural Resource Damage Program. “The fish and wildlife habitat developing in and along the creek is very impressive and is improving every year.” For more information, see the DEQ’s news release.

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