Soda Butte Creek
Concerned that 10 years of work to remove brook trout from Soda Butte Creek has been ineffective, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are considering poisoning about 12 miles of the stream just outside Yellowstone National Park to kill the nonnatives.
Shocking in small tributary streams to Soda Butte Creek is fairly easy because the stream stretches are short before they go straight up.
Removing brook trout from Soda Butte Creek has been difficult through shocking like this because the fish hide under the many downed logs that create habitat in the stream.
Stained rocks are one of the most visible relics of the heavy iron content that old mine tailings leached into Soda Butte Creek.
This is what the old McLaren Mill site looked like in 2012. This month, work is being done to rehabilitate the site with plantings of grass, trees and shrubs.
State and federal agencies along with the Beartooth Alliance have set a meeting for July 31 to discuss fisheries management projects on Soda Butte Creek near the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Huge strides were made this summer to clean up Soda Butte Creek, once considered the most polluted stream to enter Yellowstone National Park.
SILVER GATE — In the 1960s and '70s, Nellie Israel remembers counting 200 spawning Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the small tributary to Soda Butte Creek that meanders through this town at the northeast edge of Yellowstone National Park. “There were so many of them that you could walk across…
The old McLaren Mill site has been drained and excavated to a depth of about 35 feet to remove waste for storage in a impoundment, seen covered in the background.
The mill site remains from gold and copper mining done on nearby Henderson Mountain in the early 1900s. Earlier attempts to contain the mill tailings failed and Soda Butte Creek was polluted.
Marty Bennett, senior environmental engineer for Pioneer Technical Services, gives a tour of the McLaren Mill tailings cleanup project just outside Cooke City. The project is the most expensive ever undertaken by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Pioneer is overseeing the work…
For a guy who doesn’t want any more drama in his life, Henry Finkbeiner had a front-row seat to an unusual performance last weekend.
Crews have repaired the road through Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Soda Butte, and two-lane traffic was restored at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A road in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley has been closed after some 30 feet were partly washed out by high water.
Transportation officials have pulled the plug on a controversial proposal to haul gold-laden mine waste from a reclamation project near Yellowstone National Park over Wyoming's Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and on to the Golden Sunlight Mine in Whitehall for processing.
An estimated 120 long loads a week would be hauled through mountainous northwest Wyoming on weekdays next summer under a plan to haul mine tailings 360 miles from the abandoned McLaren Mine Mill site, near Cooke City, to the Golden Sunlight Mine near Whitehall.
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