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Project Update: NWCS Warm Springs Creek Reclamation

Photo credit: Kurt Wieringa, NWCS Project Superintendent. NWCS completed initial phase of the new stream channel on 8/30/2016. Restoration work will begin on the floodplain.North Wind Construction Services, LLC (NWCS) is performing the Warm Springs Creek Reclamation project for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Northern region. Awarded in late June 2016, the project team is performing phase two, of a two-phased project including the removal of tailings along the Middle Fork of Warm Springs Creek, upgrading of access roads, excavation, blending and hauling of tailings to the repository, final construction of the repository including HDPE and soil cap, reconstruction of the Middle Fork of Warm Springs stream channel, placement of backfill and topsoil, demolition of temporary access roads, seeding and fertilizing of all disturbed areas, and obliteration of all temporary access roads. (High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – it is a geomembrane liner that is impermeable.)

“Kudos to the project team for the performance under these challenging conditions and under a very short schedule, trying to beat the early winter of Montana – keep up the good safe work,” Kevin Redmond, PMP, NWCS President.

The Forest service was featured in an article in the local Montana newspaper the Independent Record, on October 3, 2016 titled, “Forest Service wrapping up Warm Springs Creek mine cleanup.” The article includes several photos taken by Tom Kuglin, Independent Record.

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The aerial drone photo was taken on August 30, demonstrating the new channel alignment that was constructed. The project is managed by Doug Jorgensen and the on-site Superintendent is Kurt Wieringa. The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2016.

The Middle Fork of Warm Springs Creek is located in Jefferson County approximately 6 miles southeast of Clancy, Montana. The tailings are located on the Helena National Forest System (NFS) Lands administered by the Helena National Forest. Site elevation ranges from 5240 feet to 5400 feet within the Elkhorn Mountain Range.