May 30, 2006

In May, voters in the Bonner School District approved a community council for the area and now the Missoula County commissioners are seeking applicants for the five-member council. The council is advisory only, and will provide the county commissioners with input from residents about matters of local interest.

Applications are available at the Bonner School, the Missoula County Commissioners Office (2nd floor Courthouse) or here (PDF).

Qualified applicants must be residents of the Bonner School District 14; be 18 or older; be committed to public service and representative government; embrace public meeting laws; and believe in the process of government, and in all citizens; right to participate.

Applications are due June 16. Appointments will be made by the commissioners by early July.

May 19, 2006

The public is invited to attend the Milltown Redevelopment Working Group meeting Tuesday May 23 at 6:30 at the Lutheran Church in Bonner. The agenda is available here.

May 19, 2006

Envirocon recently submitted the Final Remedial Action Monitoring Plan (RAMP) for the Milltown Reservoir Sediments Superfund site. The RAMP includes procedures and requirements for general surface water and groundwater monitoring to be performed by the contractors and for certain groundwater monitoring to be performed by Missoula City-County Health Department during the cleanup construction period. The plan also describes how the results of this monitoring will be used to trigger additional monitoring or consideration of additional best management practices (BMPs) or operation controls.

For more information on the monitoring plan or for CFRTAC’s comments, see the posting from April 3.

To access the monitoring plan:

Click on the following link ftp://public:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ and an ftp session should open in your internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc).

1. You should see the folder “Final RAMP.” Open the RAMP folder and a PDF file containing the complete final RAMP will appear.
2. Drag and drop the files from the ftp window to your desktop (or other directory where you would like the files to reside) and allow them to download to your computer.
3. Do not attempt to open the files directly from the ftp window.

If you have any problems downloading these files call Zac Collins in EMC2’s Bozeman office at 406-522-0251 for technical support.

May 19, 2006

The EPA and State of Montana have released their comments on the Milltown draft contingency plans for contamination of drinking water supply (PDF) , the exceedance of downstream surface water quality standards/warning limits (PDF) and the cleanout of irrigation intakes (PDF). The comments will be discussed at a Design Review Team meeting on May 24 in anticipation of a drawdown of the reservoir June 1. For more on the plans, see the posting from April 14.

May 19, 2006

Recent CFRTAC commentaries on Montana Public Radio dealt with various aspects of restoration and redevelopment along the Clark Fork River, from Milltown to the Deer Lodge Valley. Check out the April commentary by CFRTAC board member Tracy Stone-Manning and the May commentary by CFRTAC coordinator Michael Kustudia. The next commentary will air on June 15 at 5:45 p.m.

May 3, 2006

On May 2 voters approved a community council for the Bonner-Milltown area, reports the Missoulian. The council, which is a volunteer advisory organization with no power to legislate or tax, was approved 94 to 89. The slim margin of approval will trigger a recount.

The idea for the council grew out of the conceptual plan proposed by the Milltown Redevelopment Working Group. The group recognized that with the cleanup of the Milltown Reservoir and removal of the dam that the area could face considerable new pressures. Important issues like growth and infrastructure would best be dealt with by a community council.

“It’s a way for us to make sure we can have our opinions heard,” said Sue Furey, member of the working group. “The only way we’re going to be able to keep this a cool place is to be able to voice our opinion” about matters that affect the community.

May 2, 2006

Fisheries biologists with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. are tagging Clark Fork River trout with radio-telemetry devices to gain a better sense of what impacts the removal of the Milltown Dam will have on fish populations, reports the Missoulian. FWP biologist David Schmetterling said the work is part of an ongoing monitoring effort. Past flushes of sediment from the reservoir have resulted in downstream trout mortality, though FWP was uncertain to the extent. With a drawdown of the Milltown Reservoir scheduled for June and work slated to start in the fall, FWP biologists believe tagging the fish will yield important data.

“It’s just really important for us to be able to understand both the short- and long-term impacts of the dam’s removal,” Schmetterling told the Missoulian. “It will help us in our efforts to manage the fishery in the river long after the dam is gone.”

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