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Milltown Milestone: Watch Online As River Returns To Natural Channel | Brad Turner | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net


Milltown Milestone: Watch Online As River Returns To Natural Channel

With the dam and contaminated sediments removed, workers will restore the Clark Fork River to its natural path at noon today.

By New West, 12-16-10

Hundreds gathered at the Milltown Bluff Overlook to watch the initial dam breach in 2008. New West archive photo.

Hundreds gathered at the Milltown Bluff Overlook to watch the initial dam breach in 2008. New West archive photo.

UPDATED: The Clark Fork Coalition is posting video on YouTube from today’s event.

Today marks a milestone in the Milltown Dam cleanup project east of Missoula. Beginning at noon, workers will divert the Clark Fork River back to its channel. For nearly three years, it flowed through a bypass channel while crews removed the dam and hauled away arsenic-tainted sediment behind the structure.

Can’t make it to Milltown for the festivities? Watch a live video feed of the diversion.

The Clark Fork Coalition explains what made the dam removal and sediment project necessary:

For 100 years, the dam plugged the river just eight miles upstream of Missoula at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers. The 180-acre reservoir behind Milltown Dam has been full of contaminated sediment—6.6 million cubic yards of it—that washed down from Butte’s copper mines during the record flood of 1908 and stacked up behind the dam. The contaminated sediment, laden with arsenic, poisoned local wells and copper for years and also killed off fish and other aquatic life during high flows and ice jams.

The initial breach of the dam was also a huge event. Check out New West’s coverage of the initial breach here and here, and view photos of the event here. A video is also on YouTube.

L.L.Bean joins Casting for Recovery as national sponsor

L.L.Bean joins Casting for Recovery as national sponsor

November 2nd, 2010 ·

Casting for Recovery (CFR), a national non-profit support and educational organization for women who have or have had breast cancer, is proud to welcome L.L.Bean as a national sponsor.

Lori Simon, Executive Director, made the announcement and stated “In joining us to sustain and expand our program to help women move forward to a healthier life, L.L.Bean not only recognizes the impact that CFR has in making a difference in communities across the nation, but is committed to meeting the continuing demand we face. I am thrilled to be making this announcement as we approach the close of our 2010 retreat season.”

L.L.Bean is launching a special Tropicwear® women’s lightweight shirt featuring the CFR logo, as well as a baseball cap, and is publicizing a program in their catalog in which $2 from the sale of every pink shirt, available in long-sleeve, short-sleeve, and sleeveless versions, will be donated to Casting for Recovery. The high-performance Tropicwear® shirt is rated to UPF 50+, and the versatile new design boasts a more flattering and comfortable fit. The shirts will be available for purchase in January 2011.

“We are proud to partner with Casting for Recovery on this endeavor. We recognize the unique program this fantastic organization offers to help improve the lives of women dealing with breast cancer,” said Mac McKeever, Senior Public Relations Representative with L.L.Bean. “Our hope is that by featuring CFR in our catalog and on our web site and making a contribution with each purchase, we will help raise awareness about the great service CFR provides to help improve the quality of life for those women recovering from breast cancer treatment.”

About Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery retreats incorporate counseling, educational services and fly fishing to promote physical and mental healing. Casting for Recovery provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn that “To Fish is to Hope.” Since 1996 CFR has served over 4,500 breast cancer survivors, with the help of over 1,500 volunteers, in retreats that provide emotional and medical support and teach new skills through catch-and-release fly fishing. In 2010 41 retreats were held across the United States, serving women across the country.

Casting for Recovery retreat programs are offered at no cost to the participants.  Numerous medical and psychosocial professionals and institutions consider Casting for Recovery one of the leading programs providing support for women with breast cancer. Retreats are also held in New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom through sister organizations, Casting for Recovery-New Zealand, Casting for Recovery-Canada, and Casting for Recovery-UK/Ireland.

Casting for Recovery is supported by generous donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations.  Our leading national sponsor is The Hartford and other national sponsors include L.L.Bean, Brookdale Senior Living-West Division, Under Armour®, and SmartWool. Casting for Recovery is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information about the Casting for Recovery program, please call: 802-362-9181 or visit

L.L.Bean joins Casting for Recovery as national sponsor

Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Gear, Fly Fishing Trips, Fly Fishing Techniques and News – MidCurrent


Latest Poll: Fly Fishers’ Buying Habits

By Marshall Cutchin on December 15, 2010 6:36 AM | Permalink

The latest results of Southwick Associates‘ angler survey are out, and they show some interesting facts about what fly fishers are buying.

Of anglers who reported buying fly fishing gear this year, most (56%) bought flies, 32% bought leaders and tippets, 30% bought fly tying material, and 22% bought a fly line. Interestingly only 4.9% bought a vest, pack or bag.

Of anglers who reported buying flies this year, most (27.9%) bought nymphs (take that, Halford!), 25.3% bought dry flies, and 16.8% bought streamers or buggers.

In general, the type of product most purchased was fly tying material (48%), and the top brand for that material was Orvis (26%).

The survey also reports that most purchases —39% — are still begin made at local shops.


Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Gear, Fly Fishing Trips, Fly Fishing Techniques and News – MidCurrent