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Soda Butte Creek

FWP seeks to poison brook trout in Yellowstone tributary

FWP seeks to poison brook trout in Yellowstone tributary

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.

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Steep streams

Steep streams

Shocking in small tributary streams to Soda Butte Creek is fairly easy because the stream stretches are short before they go straight up.

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Shocking Soda Butte

Shocking Soda Butte

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.

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Stained rocks

Stained rocks

Stained rocks are one of the most visible relics of the heavy iron content that old mine tailings leached into Soda Butte Creek.

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Old McLaren Mill site

Old McLaren Mill site

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.

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Meeting set on fisheries projects for Soda Butte Creek

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.

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October 14, 2012 12:00 am
Yellowstone River tributary benefitting from $20M project

Yellowstone River tributary benefitting from $20M project

Huge strides were made this summer to clean up Soda Butte Creek, once considered the most polluted stream to enter Yellowstone National Park.

October 11, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Small stream being restored for Yellowstone cutthroat spawning

Small stream being restored for Yellowstone cutthroat spawning

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…

October 11, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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35-foot deep pit

35-foot deep pit

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.

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Mountain mill site

Mountain mill site

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.

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Marty Bennett

Marty Bennett

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…

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Silver Gate resident witnesses wolves bringing down elk at back door

Silver Gate resident witnesses wolves bringing down elk at back door

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.

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Travel resumes tonight through Lamar Valley at Soda Butte

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.

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Yellowstone road closed after washout

Yellowstone road closed after washout

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.

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Plan would have moved waste rock to extract gold

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.

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Montana releases proposal on haul route for Cooke City mine tailings

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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