Silver Bow Creek/Stream Side Tailings
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The cleanup of Silver Bow Creek has been ongoing since 1999 as part of a Superfund remedial action being coordinated by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2000, the Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) of the Montana Department of Justice formed a partnership with DEQ, bringing a restoration component to the project that goes beyond remediation required under Superfund. Provided below is a brief history of the project, updates regarding the current status of the project, and descriptions of activities planned in future years.
The Natural Resources Damage Program (NRDP) Connection. In a 1999 state, federal and tribal settlement, ARCO agreed to pay $215 million to the State to resolve certain claims. From the settlement amount, $80 million plus interest was set aside for DEQ and EPA to implement the remedy for Silver Bow Creek. Some of the remaining amount is being used to enhance the cleanup of Silver Bow Creek through various habitat improvements and restoration actions. DEQ and EPA are coordinating the cleanup of the Silver Bow Creek remedy with NRDP.
An Estimation of Montana’s Restoration Economy, September 2009. This study estimates the economic benefits from remediation and restoration by completing a case study on the Silver Bow Creek Superfund site in the Upper Clark Fork Basin to determine what types and how many jobs are involved in the restoration industry. One finding indicates that 31 jobs and $2.59 million in economic activity are created for every million dollars of funding spent on remediation and restoration.
The fishery has returned to an area that was once a dead zone where nothing could live. On May 21, 2012, to mark this milestone, Montana Governor BrianSchweitzer joined legendary fly fisher Bud Lilly for a “Fish in the Creek” ceremony where they cast a few fly lines.
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There is ongoing construction taking place in both Subarea 3 and Subarea 4.
|Documents & Reports Name||Date|
|Interim Comprehensive Long-Term Monitoring Plan||2010|
|Interim Comprehensive Long-Term Monitoring Plan||2009|
|Final Monitoring Report||2008|
|Silver Bow Creek Update||Winter 2009|
|Remediating and Restoring Silver Bow Creek|
|Silver Bow Creek OverView update Map||June 13, 2011|
|Restoration Economy||September 17, 2009|
|Silver Bow Creek OverView update Map||March 19, 2012|
|Silver Bow Creek News Letter||May 2012|
|The Silver Bow Creek Greenway|
|Remedial and Restoration Actions||1999-2003|
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