|Beyond the Breach: A Guide to Water, Fish, and Sediments|
At the Clark Fork Coalition, we want to bring you the most up-to-date facts regarding the removal of the Milltown Dam and the state of the Clark Fork River. We've created this online resource, Beyond the Breach: A Guide to Water, Fish, and Sediments, in order to keep interested citizens and river advocates aware of goings-on at the former Milltown Dam site and downstream. In these pages, we provide you with up-to-date news surrounding the project, summarize monitoring data, compare it to conditions before the breach, and link to other studies and sources.
On September 24, 2009, the last trainload of contaminated sediments left the Milltown Reservoir Sediments Superfund site-- over three million tons and nearly two years later.
The term "restoration economy" has emerged in recent years to encompass all the work that's going into repairing environmental damage to the nation's ecosystems, including efforts to cleanup and/or restore Superfund sites, old mines, brownfields, and forests, as well as to repair aging infrastructure. A new study from the Governor's Office seeking to quantify the restoration economy in Montana finds that every $1 spent on restoration generates an estimated $2.59 in economic activity. And in the case of the Milltown Superfund cleanup, the effort will generate an estimated $292 million in economic output over the project's lifespan.
Directions from Missoula:
Go east on Hwy 200 through East Missoula
Directions from Helena:
Hwy 12 to I-90 West
Milltown News: Montana now owns the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers and the land currently occupied by the Milltown Superfund site. The state’s acquisition of more than 400 acres from the Northwestern Energy Company includes the confluence area and the Clark Fork flood plain above it and also the narrow strip along the Blackfoot River up to the pedestrian bridge in Milltown. Read more about the lands transfer at the CFRTAC website