Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Mar 6, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Michaela and Adriana from the Circle K were here, as was Doreena's friend Cathy.

Fritz started with some facts about the Pit, from the 7-8 million gallons per day that flow into the Berkley Pit and the Yankee Doodle Tailings Pond, the fact that the Pit is the largest body of contaminated water in the US, the third deepest lake in the world, and the largest mine flood in the US. The water in the Pit is 4,253 feet deep currently, and the Tailings Pond is 750 feet deep. If you were to drop a stone down the shaft of the Kelly mine, it would drop 300 feet before hitting water, and then drop another 3,600 feet before coming to rest.

On a different note, 90% of the contaminants in the streams are the dissolved in the water, so settling out the sediment does little to make the water any safer. And the water that is pulled out of the Parrot Tailings is more contaminated than the water in the Pit.

This is the headwaters of the Colombia River, as the easternmost point in the Colombia Drainage, so addressing these issues impacts a lot of people and should be a significant concern.

Fritz Daily, Butte History and Environmental Impact
Steak with Mashed Potato
Event Updated
6:28 Tuesday, March 6, 2012