Restoration Milltown Reservoir

  • Restoring a River at Milltown

    Restoration work along the Clark Fork River at the Milltown Superfund site proceeds at a brisk pace. Check out this slideshow for a look at river restoration at work.

  • State Agencies Share Cleanup Plans for Upper Clark Fork River

    The Montana Standard reports that a public meeting last week drew more than 50 people  who came to learn about the cleanup plans for the Clark Fork River in the Deer Lodge Valley.

  • State Plan: New River Channel and Native Plant Revegetation

    By the end of this year, the Superfund cleanup at Milltown will be mostly finished and restoration activities will take center stage.

  • State Releases Draft Phase 3 Scope of Work for Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers Restoration Plan

    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).

  • State Releases Final Restoration Design for Milltown

    January 17, 2008

    The Montana Natural Resource Damage Program’s newly finished restoration design plan for the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers near the Milltown Dam site is now available online. The state’s effort dovetails with the dam and sediment removal and seeks to return the rivers to a naturally functioning condition, to protect water quality and wildlife habitat and to offer safe recreational opportunities.

    Click for a direct link to the design summary and implementation plan (PDF, 2Mb) or follow this link to the NRD program’s FTP site to find the complete plan and all its appendices. Details on accessing the documents follow the jump.The NRDP FTP site contains the Milltown Restoration Design 2008. This design package is titled, “Design Summary and Implementation Plan.” Included in this package is the draft construction plan set, materials list, revegetation plan, restoration schedule, and riverine structure summary. The documents are numbered 1 through 10 for easier downloading. The Design Summary and Implementation Plan and Appendices B, C, D, and E are relatively small in size. Appendix A is the construction plan set that includes a series of larger figures.

    To download the Milltown Restoration Plan from the NRDP FTP, follow the path outlined below. Note: you should not open documents while in the ftp site as it may really mess up your computer.
    Download documents to your computer, then open them.


    click: FTPPublic

    click: Incoming Documents

    click: Milltown Restoration

    click: Final Documents – supporting documents are also listed at this location

    click: Design Summary – includes Design Summary and Implementation Plan along with appendices

  • State Releases Response to Comments on October Milltown Restoration Plan

    June 15, 2006

    The State of Montana has released its response to the comments (PDF) received during the public comment period on the October 2005 version of the Restoration Plan for the Clark Fork River and Blackfoot River Near Milltown Dam. The October 2005 restoration plan will be revised throughout 2006, with a final plan to be completed in March 2007. Questions can be directed to Doug Martin at 406-444-0234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Summer CFRTAC Newsletter Online

    July 23, 2007

    Warm Springs Ponds

    The Summer CFRTAC Newsletter is at the printers but is also available here (PDF, 1.7 MB) for a sneak preview. Headlines include:

    * New Planning Effort Looks at Future of Warm Springs Ponds
    * Milltown Work Still on Track
    * Opportunity Update
    * Three Years On: Still Awaiting Final Word on the Clark Fork River
    * EPA Field Studies Gather Info on Site Specific Cleanup Options
    * Milltown Park Planning Begins
    * Dam News Takes a Big Picture Look at Milltown Cleanup

  • The Milltown Superfund Recap

    In 1908 a massive flood washed millions of cubic yards of toxic mine wastes into the Clark Fork River system. Generations later, in 1983, the Milltown Reservoir was listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Superfund site after the discovery that several million cubic yards of heavy metal contaminated sediments had piled up behind the dam, polluting the groundwater beneath with high concentrations of arsenic.


  • The State’s Restoration Plan

    August 15, 2003

    Summer 2003 saw the release of the state’s restoration plan for the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Natural Resource Damage Program developed the broad-scale conceptual plan that provides restoration concepts, draft design information and restoration cost estimates. The plan builds on the EPA/DEQ proposed clean-up plan and proposes to restore the confluence of the two rivers to a more naturally functioning and self-maintaining state, to improve water quality and to provide high quality fish and wildife habitat. A fact sheet on the plan is also available.

  • The Three R's of the Milltown Reservoir Superfund Project

    thumb_dam-news-08-smallThe project now underway at the Milltown Reservoir is one of the nation's most challenging and ambitious environmental cleanups. It is an effort that integrates what's known as the Three Rs, remediation, restoration and redevelopment.

  • Twelve Step Program for the Milltown Cleanup

    April 05, 2006

    The Great Falls Tribune website features a gallery, titled A River Reborn: Removing a dam in 12 difficult steps, that illustrates the step-by-step process required for the remediation and restoration of the Milltown Superfund site.

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