New Dam

There was a meeting earlier this week with the engineering firm and the advisory committee (which I’am on) getting the latest updates concerning the rebuilding of the Butte Water Co. dam here on the Big Hole.

HKM Engineering has been meeting with Fish, Wildlife, Parks, EPA and several other agencies which whom they will have to get permits from. According to Dick Talley, chief engineer, the permitting process has been somewhat slow but is progressing.

Several of the previous proposals have been scrapped due to the fact the point of diversion must remain in basically the same location. Options three and four do now seem to be the favorites and have met with approval from the Fish and Game. They allow easy fish and boat passage.
Personally I’am against option three as it would constitute building a new pump station just east of the old station and would block my view of the river. I kinda like sittin in my easy chair or on the porch and watching what’s happenin on the river. It may be a bit selfish on my part but that’s the way it is.

There will be a public meeting coming soon on the final proposals.

Construction is still scheduled to start next summer and be completed in the fall.

If you have any comments or input regarding this new dam you can e-mail them to me and I will forward them to HKM.

3 Comments:

  1. hey al,
    my bro and i fished with u a few years back, saw you at the andros airport a few years ago. hope to be able to fish with you this winter. esjays2005@yahoo.com

    jason

  2. Small world, hope to see you guys on Andros this winter.

  3. THANKS FOR WORKING ON THE BEST FISHERY IN MT. I AM SURE THAT IF YOU ARE ON THE ADVISORY BOARD THAT THE BEST INTEREST OF THE FISHERMAN OF THIS STATE ARE BEING SERVED. SAVE YOUR VIEW AS A SMALL TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR WORK TO IMPROVE THE BH!!!!

    YOUR PAL, JIM

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