February 27, 2006

Hot off the digital press is an eight-page CFRTAC Newsletter for Winter 2006 (PDF 906K). This edition has the latest news on Milltown and Opportunity and features a Q&A session on Milltown groundwater and wells, and an article on a visit to Opportunity by community environmental health activist Lois Gibbs.

February 15, 2006

Envirocon, the Milltown project contractor, has requested to move the Stage I drawdown of the reservoir from October of this year to the spring, roughly June 1st, the peak of high water. The June drawdown of roughly 8 to 10 feet would lengthen the construction season and allow additional time for sediments to drain. The earlier drawdown also increases the possibility that the Milltown Dam would be removed in early 2008.

The EPA, the state and Envirocon are exploring the feasibility of a spring drawdown. Significant milestones would need to be met before a drawdown could occur. These include the signing of the consent decree, and the completion of various reports and plans, including the highway bridge mitigation report, a downstream sediment sampling plan, the project monitoring plan, the design work plan, the drawdown design report and contingency plans addressing scour management, domestic well issues, and irrigation intakes. A final decision on the early drawdown is expected by the end of March.

February 15, 2006

The State of Montana has released the draft Scope of Work for Phase III (SOW) data collection and analyses (PDF 1.1 MB) necessary to complete the Final Restoration Plan for the Clark Fork River and Blackfoot River Near Milltown Dam. See CFRTAC’s one-page summary .

As a member of the restoration design review team, CFRTAC is helping to coordinate public comment. Submit your written comments on the Phase 3 Draft SOW to the State NRDP by February 24, 2006. Comments can be sent directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to:

Montana NRDP/DOJ
P.O. Box 201425
Helena, MT 59620-1425

Follow this link to the state’s October 2005 Restoration Plan for the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers near the Milltown Dam. Have a look at the table of contents (PDF) and the plan ((PDF, 714KB).

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