Opportunity, Montana: A Brief Historical Introduction to the BP-Arco Waste Repository

For grades 7-12 Opportunity, Montana: A Brief Historical Introduction to the BP-Arco Waste Repository Developed by CFWEP, this presentation includes: Current and historical photos of the Opportunity Ponds/BP-Arco Waste Repository Historical information about the Opportunity Ponds, Butte mines, Milltown Dam and Anaconda smelter A step-by-step description of the copper milling, smelting and reduction process An [...]

1980s: Cleanup Begins

The Environmental Legacy of Over a Century of Industrial Mining In the mid-1980s, the Clark Fork Basin environment was far from healthy. In the urban center of Uptown Butte, abandoned mine dumps still covered the hill, in between houses and businesses, and with little to no natural vegetation present. Just downstream, Silver Bow Creek, after [...]

1900s: Environmental Consequences

Silver Bow Creek Becomes an Industrial Sewer The intensive mining and smelting underway in Butte and Anaconda had serious environmental consequences for the entire Upper Clark Fork Basin, consequences that have persisted for over 100 years and that will continue to require community attention and management for the foreseeable future. By the turn of the [...]

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