Cleanup of Ninemile Watershed Continues, but Mining Proposal has Partners Concerned

Cleanup of Ninemile Watershed Continues, but Mining Proposal has Partners Concerned

News Type: State Source: Missoula Current
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Trout Unlimited and a list of partners have spent the past six years restoring the Ninemile Creek watershed from the mainstem up to the tributaries that provide quality habitat for spawning fish and other species.

The work, intended to restore decades of mining and dredging that scoured gold off the bottom of what once was Glacial Lake Missoula, has taken place in phases over thee years, adding up to around $4.5 million.

Another phase of work will kick off this summer on a stretch of the Ninemile mainstem at a cost of around $700,000. But while the work should have been cause for celebration, project partners recently learned that a new exploratory mine has been proposed for the same area, and it could threaten years of cleanup and millions of dollars in restoration funds.