SILVER BOW CREEK/BUTTE AREA
On this page:
- About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
- Redevelopment at the Site
- Economic Activity at the Site
- Case Studies and Success Stories
About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.
Redevelopment at the Site
Montana’s Copperway trails run through the site, linking together historic preservation sites in Butte and Walkerville. The community park on the site features a sports complex with baseball fields, a driving range and volleyball court, walking trails with interpretive signs and stations, public restrooms, and picnic areas.
Restoration efforts also recognize the area’s history. The Butte Hill Trail walking path reuses an abandoned railroad bed. The Granite Mountain Memorial area memorializes the 2,500 men who died in Butte area mines. Historical preservation of Butte’s mining legacy is evident throughout town with interpretive signage.
Restored wetlands now serve as a key habitat for osprey and migrating Canada geese.
Economic Activity at the Site
As of December 2019, EPA had data on 329 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 4,628 people and generated an estimated $784,832,091 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.
Case Studies and Success Stories
- Building on Mining History: Cleanup, Reuse and Community Resilience at the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund Site in Butte, Montana (PDF) (17 pp, 6 MB, May 2014, About PDF)