Posted: May 6, 2013 8:12 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Work is underway in Butte's uptown area to reduce metals in Silver Bow Creek
The Environmental Protection Agency and a local excavating company are beginning remediation work, digging up ground to create curbs and gutters.
About 20 sites around Butte will have new curbs and gutters to prevent barren soil from getting into the stormwater system.
Installing curbs and gutters around town is part of the best management practices to clean up storm water, officials say.
"There are areas where there's barren soil running off of unreclaimed lots and so we're putting in curbs and gutters to prevent that soil from getting into the stormwater system," said Sara Sparks, EPA Remedial Project Manager.
"What we've been doing for the last few years is trying to clean up the heavy metals in Silver Bow Creek and what this does is just further help us prevent metals from getting to the creek."
The stormwater project started last week and will run through October.
Hydrodynamic devices have also been installed around town. One is on the Pioneer Technical property.
The devices will work in conjunction with the curbs and gutters to reduce metals in Silver Bow Creek.