Fish barrier intended to boost cutthroat trout
A $500,000 fish barrier to protect westslope cutthroat trout from non-native species is planned for Silver Bow Creek in western Montana.
The Montana Standard reports the barrier is expected to be finished in late 2014.
Money for the project comes from an $86 million settlement in 1998 between the state of Montana and Atlantic Richfield Co. stemming from mine-waste damage to the Upper Clark Fork River Basin.
The fish barrier is intended to prevent brown trout and brook trout from competing with cutthroats. It will also help prevent hybridization between cutthroats and rainbow trout.
As part of remediation efforts, more than 500 cubic yards of mine waste have been removed from the stream since the late 1990s.