MILLTOWN RESERVOIR SEDIMENTS
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
Assisted by an EPA Superfund Redevelopment Initiative pilot grant and EPA support, communities near the site developed a reuse plan. The plan called for the creation of a state park with trails, river access, wildlife habitat and interpretive areas celebrating the region’s history and heritage. In 2010, the State of Montana acquired portions of the site for a new state park and allocated funding for the park’s development and land acquisitions.
The site now features a 500-acre state park that provides recreation opportunities and habitat for wildlife. On a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers, interpretive signs chronicle the Milltown cleanup and celebrate the region’s history and heritage. The renovated “Black Bridge” over the Blackfoot River is now home to the new Milltown Bridge Market, a local farmer’s market. In 2005, the Clark Fork Coalition also began managing a sustainable cattle ranch on the Clark Fork River portion of the site. In 2011 and 2012, the site was reclaimed and the floodplain restored to a naturally functioning, self-sustaining river ecosystem. Site stakeholders will continue to monitor the drinking water supply, the fishery and the Clark Fork River floodplain.
Economic Activity at the Site
As of December 2018, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.
Case Studies and Success Stories
- Celebrating Success: Milltown Reservoir/Clark Fork River Superfund Site, February 2017 (PDF) (1 pg, 722 K)
- Integrating the “3 Rs”: Remediation, Restoration and Redevelopment, April 2011 (PDF) (14 pp, 2.3 MB)