Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Jun 28, '11

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Doreena announced that the Butte High Soccer Team (current state champions) are selling fireworks as a fundraiser. They have stands at the Town Pump on Elizabeth Warren and at Wal Mart.

Then Tim introduced Matt Vincent. Matt graduated from Montana Tech with a degree in chemistry, and is Editor for CFWEP (the Clark Fork Watershed Education program). Mark is also co-author of the book "Butte: Then and Now" which he wrote with Chad Okrusch.

To put things in perspective, Matt started by talking about Glacial Lake Missoula, and how it impacted the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. The floods when Glacial Lake Missoula drained are recorded in the creaation myths of the Salish people of the area.

Now stream flow numbers are tracked daily by the USGS. This data makes it easy to compare current and historical flow rates, at least as far back as the monitoring goes.

In addition to the water and land damage caused by flooding, particularly extreme flooding, CFWEP is concerned about the pollutants that can be distributed by floods. Here in the headwaters area, pollutants come from three main sources, mining waste rock, ore processing, and smelting. The problems from this waste were first addressed in the State of Montana in 1899 by laws in Butte.

In areas where the land has been reclaimed, these floods pose little problem, though water and soils are tested after flooding. However, a larger concern are areas that are still in the process of being reclaimed or that have not been addressed yet, where pollutants may be washed downstream.

Of course, water and ground are being tested with the floods this year.

Matt Vincent, speaking on floods and superfund
Ham and Cheese Omlet
Event Updated
7:37 Tuesday, June 28, 2011