Butte-Silver Bow Commissioners and local government staff will participate in three tours of area Superfund environmental management sites over the next two weeks to learn more about current related issues. A limited number of seats are also available for interested members of the public who would like to learn more about Superfund in Butte.
On Thursday, October 23, tour participants will convene at the Bus Transfer Station at 1324 Harrison Avenue (near the Civic Center) at 2:00 p.m. to board buses for a tour of the Berkeley Pit site and the Horseshoe Bend Water Treatment Plant. The tour will be led by State and Federal Superfund staff and representatives from Montana Resources. For this tour, 32 seats are available free-of-charge for interested local residents. Butte-Silver Bow would like to thank Montana Resources for providing an extra bus for this tour.
On Monday, October 27, tour participants will meet at the Bus Transfer Station at 3:30 p.m. for a restoration tour of Silver Bow Creek from Texas Avenue to its confluence with Blacktail Creek near Montana Street. Pat Cunneen from the Montana Natural Resource Damages Program (NRDP) will lead the tour along with staff from the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG). Public seating for this tour is limited to 10 seats.
On Tuesday, October 28, tours participants will again convene at the Bus Transfer Station at 3:30 p.m. for a tour of the Montana Pole Superfund site and storm water projects led by Lisa DeWitt from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Butte-Silver Bow staff. Public seating for this tour is also limited to 10 seats.
All tours are expected to last about two hours. Local residents can join a tour free-of-charge, but due to very limited space, advance reservations are required and are on a first-come, first-served basis. To make a reservation for a tour, send a request to Butte-Silver Bow Online and Public Information Administrator Justin Ringsak by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-497-6452.