Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Jun 4, '13

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Our speaker this week was Sara Sparks with the EPA. Sara let us know about some recent progress on the Clark Fork Project, particularly the removal of the Miltown Dam which was completed last year.

The EPA works on projects in "Operable Units." An Operable Unit is defined by type or geography or both. Sara spoke mostly about the Butte Priority Lands Operable Unit, which extends from Big Butte to the Berkley Pit. The Butte area is unique in that this is the only area where lead-based paint is addressed as an environmental hazard.

Sara went through several types of hydrodynamic devices and systems installed on the Butte hill to process water and remove contaminated sediment so the sediment can be removed at a later time. Everything in the Uptown area has to be approved by the department of Historic Preservation, so some of the devices used will look different than they do in other parts of the country. Also, because of the conditions in Butte, we have larger devices and a greater density than are seen in other reclamation projects.

The Atlantic Richfield Company has spent over $1 billion on the Clark Fork Project to date, and more projects are underway or in the approval stages.

After Sara spoke, Lloyd let us know about the upcoming rodeo July 5 and 6, and the Bull-A-Rama coming up August 8. The Vigilante Saddle Club would again appreciate our help with parking.

Shawn gave us an update on the bike rodeo. We had 183 kids checked in, we gave our 217 helmets, and gave away 16 bicycles, with about a dozen volunteers helping.

Sara Sparks, EPA
French Dip and Fries
Event Updated
4:57 Tuesday, June 4, 2013