September 19, 2007

Park Area

A community stakeholders group in Milltown is urging residents to come see what a new Milltown park at the restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers might look like this Friday, Sept. 21, at an open house at St. Ann’s Church in Bonner.

The Milltown Superfund Redevelopment Working Group, Missoula County, and EPA are sponsoring a design workshop to build upon the Working Group’s concept for public uses at the restored Milltown Dam Site. The workshop will be conducted on September 20 and 21, 2007. Drawing upon community input and existing information, the workshop will plan connections between the possible public use area and local communities, design key focal areas, and determine specific locations for facilities. Landscape architects, resource professionals, key stakeholders and community members will participate in this intensive 2-day workshop to be followed by a public presentation of the draft site plan.

On Friday Sept. 21 there will be two opportunities for public involvement, both at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonner on Highway 200 next to the Bonner School.

* 11:30-1:00 PM. Free chili feed. First-glimpse public viewing and comment regarding the park plan in progress mid-way through the workshop.
* 7:00-9:00 PM. Final “unveiling” of the plan, complete with visuals.

For more information, contact Gary Matson, Working Group Outreach Chair, 370-6584 or Michael Kustudia at 531-2930.

September 10, 2007

Powerhouse and Spillway

Progress continues at the Milltown Reservoir Sediments Superfund Site, according to updates from Missoula County and the EPA. The EPA reports that work is on schedule and that the dam’s powerhouse could be removed as early as December of this year. Read the EPA’s weekly update here.

Peter Nielsen of the Missoula County Health Dept. reports in his monthly update that construction at the Milltown site continues to focus on excavation of the bypass channel; installation of a rail line for shipment of contaminated sediments; fortification of the Interstate highway bridges; and preparation for removal of the powerhouse. Read his complete update here.

September 10, 2007

In September’s Montana Public Radio commentary, CFRTAC volunteer Pat Munday explores some of the achievements of the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, a state-funded program begun in 2003 that has served some 6000 students in the upper watershed. Read more about it here (PDF).

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