Friends of the Clark Fork River are among those mourning the loss of John Wardell, the longtime director of the EPA Montana office, who died last week  in a climbing accident in the Cabinet Mountains.

Wardell, who spent 25 years as the head of the Montana EPA office, died after he slipped and fell to his death as he was descending Snowshoe Peak. Read the Helena Independent's story here and obituary here.

Wardell was the head of the office during a number of several Superfund cleanups, including the Milltown and Clark Fork River site. At the Milltown site, he was supportive of the dam removal and subsequent redevelopment efforts.

A memorial service will be held Thursday August 27, from 6-8 p.m. in Helena at the Great Northern Hotel.


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