Remaking a River
Up until a few years ago, the Upper Clark Fork in Montana was pretty much nothing but bad news. The watershed included the largest Superfund site (150 years of mining) in the world – a fact that didn’t do much good for the river, the people and the critters.
After decades of lawsuits, meetings, table pounding (you know the drill), the Clark Fork Coalition and their terrific allies pulled off a minor miracle – 43 miles of river bank cleanup and $100 million to get the work done.
The cleanup has started. As the pictures and slides show, right now it’s the world’s biggest mud pie. The first stretch of the cleanup and restoration is along the Clark Fork Coalition’s ranch – 1.5 miles of riverbank. The Coalition is working with their ranching neighbors to show them that while the cleanup is a whole big mess right now, the restoration will bring back health and vitality to the watershed that they, and the communities around them, rely on.
A pretty great story all around.
July 9, 2015