May 25, 2007

Dam News 2007

Hot off the press is the first issue of the Dam News (PDF), a new CFRTAC publication that looks at the basics of the Milltown Reservoir Superfund cleanup. Articles offer an overview of remediation, restoration and redevelopment, as well as the monitoring effort and work on bridge mitigation. The centerpiece graphic offers a visual explanation of the first stage of the cleanup now underway. Future issues will focus on dam removal and the state’s river restoration effort. For hard copies of the Dam News, call CFRTAC at 541-8099.

May 25, 2007

The EPA reports work progress at the Milltown Reservoir Sediments Superfund site: The flood berms and sediment pond are finished and the excavation of the bypass channel has begun. Check it out here (PDF).

May 25, 2007

The Missoulian reports that Envirocon has begun work in earnest on the bypass channel for the Clark Fork River at the Milltown Reservoir Superfund site. The channel, which will be used to divert flows around areas where sediments will be removed and prevent scouring, will be more than 4000 feet long, roughly 200 feet wide from bank to bank and between 15 and 30 deep.

“It’s going to be a really big ditch,” said Matt Fein, project director for Envirocon. The channel will be built to withstand a 100-year flood and will be in use for three to four years. Read more here.

May 18, 2007

The May 2007 Info Opportunity, the newsletter of the Opportunity Citizens Protection Association, features an article on the new air monitors that will give the community a better sense just what’s in the dust that blows too frequently off the BP-ARCO’s neighboring repository.

Air Monitor

Other articles look at a UM-OCPA citizens’ water testing project, the Beaver Dam Park project, local history and the community’s renaming of Opportunity Ponds. Read more (PDF, 1.1 MB) from OCPA, “the folks that care.”

May 18, 2007

Warm Springs Ponds

CFRTAC volunteer Pat Munday recently delivered CFRTAC’s monthly Montana Public Radio commentary on the future of the Warm Springs Ponds at the headwaters of the Clark Fork River. Along the way he explores the semantics behind reclamation, remediation and restoration. Read more here (PDF).

May 18, 2006

Planning for a design workshop that would explore possibilities for a state park at the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers confluence is on the agenda for May meeting of the Milltown Redevelopment Working Group. See this month’s agenda (PDF) and click here (PDF) for last month’s meeting notes. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church in Bonner.

May 18, 2007

Hybrid bridge

Gov. Brian Schweitzer recently signed off on Missoula County’s amended proposal to the state Natural Resource Damage (NRD) Program to develop a hybrid bridge over the Blackfoot River in the Bonner-Milltown area.

The bridge was originally approved by the state in December 2006 but in the months since, the Montana Department of Transportation has decided to replace the Highway 200 Bridge in Milltown and its preliminary design includes a five-foot pedestrian walkway, prompting the NRD program to reconsider the project. In addition, the county submitted a revised design that incorporated historic elements from the existing bridge, which dates back to the early 1920s. Read more about it in the Missoulian here and here.

May 18, 2007

Water quality in the Clark Fork River above and below Milltown dam was somewhat more turbid than usual as river flow increased to higher-than-average levels during much of this period.  See the full summary (PDF) for details.

May 8, 2007

Excavator

Work advances at the Milltown Reservoir Sediments Superfund site. Read the EPA’s latest update (PDF) as well as Missoula County’s summary with photos (PDF).

May 1, 2007

Milltown work site

May 1st is May Day. For pagans, it’s a day to mark the renewal of nature and for much of the industrial world outside North America, it’s a day to recognize workers. At the Milltown Reservoir Superfund site, there’s good cause to celebrate both.

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