Reuters, New West Cover Blackfoot Dam Breach

March 29, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

“In the novel, the Blackfoot, one of the rivers dammed in Milltown, is portrayed as a frontier of unspoiled outdoor recreation. In reality, the reservoir behind the 720-foot-(220 meter)wide, 21-foot-(seven meter)high Milltown dam east of Missoula held 6.6 million cubic yards of sediment laden with arsenic, zinc, copper and other heavy metals. The sediments came from a century of mining at the river’s headwaters in Butte, 120 miles upstream.” Jeff Hull for Reuters.
Meanwhile New West published photos of the event, which happened yesterday morning.