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Brian Bartkowiak


DEQ Invites the Public to Attend a Construction Kickoff Event for the First Phase of the Clark Fork River Cleanup


February 21, 2013

Brian Bartkowiak
DEQ Project Officer

Jeni Garcin
DEQ Remediation Public Information Officer

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is encouraging the public to attend an information session about cleanup activities that will start this spring on the Clark Fork River Operable Unit (CFR OU) Reach A, Phase 1 project outside of Warm Springs, Mont.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Racetrack fire hall, located at 6887 South Frontage Road in Deer Lodge, Mont. It will begin with a presentation by DEQ staff at 6 p.m.

This meeting is a perfect opportunity for people to continue collaborating with our staff, ask questions and share any suggestions or concerns before work actually starts, says DEQ Remediation Division Administrator Jenny Chambers. DEQ is excited to begin construction, bringing us one step closer to a clean and healthy Clark Fork River.

The construction schedule and haul road plans will be available and informational displays will be set up for people to learn more. Before and after photos of the Silver Bow Creek and Milltown cleanups will also be available so people can see what the end result will be.

It is important for landowners and community members to become involved at this time, says Clark Fork River Technical Assistance Committee coordinator Darryl Barton. People should attend the information session and really learn what is going on and how the cleanup is moving forward.

The CFR OU is part of the Milltown Reservoir/Clark Fork River Superfund Site and includes the Clark Fork River from its headwaters near Warm Springs Creek to Milltown Reservoir, just east of Missoula. Reach A is a 43-mile stretch of the river from Warm Springs in Deer Lodge County downstream to Garrison in Powell County. Phase 1 of the Clark Fork River project covers the initial 1.6 miles of Reach A between the junction of the original channel and the north boundary. The construction will consist of the removal of mine tailings, streambank treatments and re-vegetation along the river corridor. The cleanup is expected to begin in March 2013 and last 300 construction days.

For more information regarding the CFR OU Reach A, Phase 1 cleanup, contact Brian Bartkowiak at 406-841-5043 or or visit the DEQ website at
The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Jeni Garcin at 406-841-5016 or

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