Restoring Silver Bow Creek After More than 100 Years of Mining — A Superfund Story
Silver Bow Creek is a world-class environmental-cleanup challenge that has required scientists, engineers, and lawyers to define the problems, develop remedies and determine the real limits of restoring a river. Having made order-of-magnitude improvements in water quality by a combination of managing groundwater, excavating tailings and rebuilding the stream and its floodplain along a 27-mile corridor, and reclaiming over 600 acres of waste rock, now mine-impacted urban storm-water is the most substantial remaining contamination source. Finding the practicable limit to restoring the stream IS a complex endeavor that begs the question, “why is it taking so long?”
Griffin, Joe, "Restoring Silver Bow Creek After More than 100 Years of Mining — A Superfund Story" (2019). Public Lecture Series. 153.