This collection includes eight interviews on the removal of the Milltown Dam in Milltown, Montana. The interviews were conducted by David Brooks between 2009 and 2011. The interviewees discuss the removal plan, the Clark Fork Coalition and United States Environmental Protection Agency, environmental impacts of the Milltown Dam, and community support for the project. They also discuss some of the challenges and objections to the removal project. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 428 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, the University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 8 interviews.
Bruce Farling discusses his role in the Montana Milltown Dam removal and his involvement with the Clark Fork Coalition. Farling describes the negative environmental impacts of the dam, the evolution of the dam removal project, and challenges that the project faced. Farling also discusses various perspectives on the impact of the dam removal, including ARCO’s views on the project.
David Schmetterling discusses his work with fish habitats and passage for the Montana State Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Services and how that work influenced the Milltown Dam removal project. Schmetterling describes fish species native to Montana, including the cutthroat trout and the bull trout, and the fish habitat created by the Milltown Reservoir. He also details how the Milltown Dam impeded upstream and downstream movement of fish, as well as the public awareness campaigns that highlighted contemporary impacts of the Milltown Dam on fish in Northwest Montana.
Diane Hammer discusses her interest in the environment leading up to her work for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She describes the inner workings of the Environmental Protection Agency, including their funding and prioritization systems. Hammer also discusses arsenic contamination in the Milltown, Montana drinking water and the role of the community in establishing the Milltown Reservoir as a Superfund site. She tracks the Milltown Project evolution through the Milltown Dam Removal and the cleanup and redevelopment of the area.
Peter Nielsen discusses his initial interest in the drawdown process and the water quality of the Montana Milltown Reservoir during the 1980s. He describes the formation of the Clark Fork Coalition, his work with the organization, and his interactions with Trout Unlimited, the Montana Power Company, ARCO, and the Two Rivers Restoration Plan. Nielsen also discusses the community input in the Milltown Dam removal project, the Friends of the Two Rivers, and the Milltown Superfund cleanup and restoration project.
Russell W. Forba
Russell Forba discusses his role as an Environmental Protection Agency project manager in the removal of the Montana Milltown Dam, as well as the various stages that a Superfund project must go through. He describes mediations between the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Montana, ARCO BP, and Northwestern Energy during the removal process, and how legal, political, environmental, and economic factors affected each of these groups’ actions throughout their involvement with the Superfund project. Forba also discusses the Milltown Dam removal project in terms of human health, the support of Judy Martz, and the presence of endangered species.
Sean Benton discusses the advertising campaign that Partners Creative ran in favor of the Montana Milltown Dam removal. Benton describes the different strategies used in the campaign, including billboards, bumper stickers, and television ads. He also details the activities of the Clark Fork Coalition, the organization that approached Partners Creative about the advertising campaign, as well as how the community and organizations on both sides of the Milltown Dam removal issue fought for public sentiment.
Tracy Stone-Manning describes the history of the Clark Fork Coalition and the environmental problems caused by the Milltown Dam. She discusses the community support and involvement in the removal of the Milltown Dam, as well as the Clark Fork Coalition’s campaign for the dam removal. Stone-Manning also describes the aftermath of the removal, the future of the Clark Fork Coalition, and the legacy of the Milltown Dam removal campaign.
William Woessner discusses geochemical and hydraulic studies of the reservoir, wells, and groundwater system in and around Milltown, Montana prior to the removal of the Milltown Dam. He also discusses the Milltown Reservoir Sediment being designated as a superfund site and the arsenic contamination of the drinking water in the Milltown area.