Clark Fork River Design Review Team Set to Begin

May 24, 2010

The inaugural meeting of the Clark Fork River Design Review Team will be held June 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the Pen Convention Center in Deer Lodge. The meeting is open to the public.

Coordinated by the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality, the newly created team will meet two to four times a year throughout the duration of the river remediation and restoration. As the designated cleanup lead, the DEQ has asked the team to:

  • Review cleanup designs for technical adequacy
  • Coordinate designs and activities among agencies
  • Inform the public and interested parties about the cleanup design details

The team will include representatives from EPA, NRDP, Powell and Anaconda-Deer Lodge Counties, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Grant Kohrs Ranch and CFRTAC.

In advance of the initial meeting, the DEQ will provide the team with the rationale, drawings and specifications for the Trestle Area cleanup in Deer Lodge. DEQ staff will present the project for discussion at the June 10 meeting. Team participants will then have one to two weeks to make comments, which may be incorporated into the final designs.

In March, CFRTAC convened a work session with agencies that focused on clean up planning for 2010. At that meeting, a suggestion was made that Clark Fork River Design Review Team be modeled on a similar effort used at the Milltown Reservoir Sediments cleanup, which was helpful in working through design issues, ensuring integration with restoration and redevelopment, and giving the public more involvement in the process. CFRTAC serves as a public interest representative on both Design Review Teams.

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