Category: Superfund

2020 Field Update

2020 in the Clark Fork Watershed: Cleaner, healthier, and more resilient — thanks to you No surprise: the pandemic turned things upside down in the Clark Fork watershed in 2020. But ultimately, it did nothing to alter stream restoration opportunities or ongoing ecological challenges. So our work carried on. And…

Superfund cleanup: It’s Working

Is Superfund cleanup of mining wastes in the Clark Fork making a difference? Yes! At least it is in terms of total amounts of copper and arsenic. And that’s especially good news because both are toxic: copper is extremely bad for fish, and arsenic is poisonous for people. According to…

They Came, They Spawned, They…?

True to its name, Modesty Creek is not giving up its secrets. Not yet, anyway. Recently reconnected to the mainstem Clark Fork River in southwest Montana, this small spring creek is still settling into its new digs after spending the last 115 years in an irrigation ditch. Within a month…

Playing In The Dirt To Learn About The Watershed

“This is the best, playing in the dirt. I love it so much!” We're firm believers in the value of playing in the dirt. So are the students we work with. In Montana, there's plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty in the name of exploration and conservation, especially…

Halfway to Healing at Dry Cottonwood Creek Ranch

Update: In 2021, a local Montana ranching family bought the Dry Cottonwood Creek Ranch. Proceeds from the sale were returned to the Natural Resource Damage Program’s restoration fund. Conservation and recreational easements were put in place with the sale and we established the Dry Cottonwood Creek Field Center as an…