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Removal and Remediation of Elbow Lake Dam—Draft EA

Restoration & Rehabilitation

09/30/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) seek public review of their proposal to remove the unauthorized Elbow Lake dam along the Clearwater River (south of Seeley Lake in Missoula County, MT) and restore the site to its approximate historic natural condition and elevation. Overall goals include: (1) alleviate ongoing violations of state and federal regulations on state trust property, (2) restore natural streambed conditions on the river in the vicinity of the dam, (3) eliminate the dam that acts as a partial barrier to the natural movement of fish and recreationists, and (4) reduce the probability of continued violations at the site. Need for the project stems from legal obligations to alleviate ongoing violations of environmental protection laws and to mitigate unauthorized activities occurring on state lands. The proposed actions, objectives, and justifications are consistent with management direction and legal responsibilities of both FWP and DNRC.

Contact Information

Sharon Rose | Region 2 FWP | 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, MT 59804 | 406-542-5540 | shrose@mt.gov

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.