The Ecosystem Restoration website has been launched through
a partnership formed between Montana State University and the U.S.
Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Montana Department of
Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
This partnership reflects the experience of Montana State University
in disturbed land restoration and the shared priorities of all parties
in promoting implementation of mineland restoration projects with
the highest degree of ecological function thereby cultivating the
highest level of watershed health.
If you have any questions or problems with this site please contact
Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) at Montana
The now-defunct Reclamation
Research Unit within LRES is resposible for the content of this website. If you have any questions regarding site content, please contact Tim McDermott, PhD, at email@example.com.
The Water Center
at Montana State University has a 36-year history of promoting water
research, information, education, and problem-solving partnering
throughout the state and region. Its mission is four-fold: (1) to
support and prioritize water research in Montana, (2) to provide
training and education for water professionals, (3) to promote problem-solving
partnerships among higher education, government, and the private
sector to respond to water-related challenges and training needs,
and (4) to serve as a clearinghouse for Montana water information.
The Water Center recognizes the need to promote technological advances
in the restoration efforts of other agencies. Restoration of impaired
watersheds and native species habitats are top priorities for water
research professionals. The Water Center provides information via
MONTANA WATER, an Internet
web site developed by staff and students.
The U.S. Forest Service,
through the Minerals
and Geology Management Program in support of a new emphasis
to promote Watershed
Health recognizes that abandoned mines often cause significant
impairment in watershed health. Restoration of impaired watersheds
has become a priority. In the spirit of providing State-of-the-Science
resources for disturbed land restoration to Agency personnel and
to the interested public, the Forest Service recognizes the value
in disseminating information through the Internet, and has served
as a leadership role in launching the Ecosystem Restoration website.
The Bureau of Land
Management manages thousands of acres of public land where
mineral development activities are presently or have previously
occurred. Mandates requiring effective reclamation on disturbed
lands are currently being revised to reflect an increased emphasis.
Communication of mineland restoration techniques, issues and experience
to the public and to BLM personnel is recognized as a key component
in preventing disputes and fostering effective implementation of
The Montana Department
of Environmental Quality's Mine
Waste Cleanup Bureau is responsible for remediation of thousands
of abandoned mine, mill and smelting sites scattered across historic
mine districts within the State of Montana. Inventory and hazard
ranking work completed to date indicate a diversity of media specific
issues related to water treatment, revegetation, soil quality, slope
stabilization, riparian reconstruction and others. Technologies
for effective restoration are sometimes lacking. With a dozen remedial
projects completed within Montana and hundreds to be completed in
the future, the Montana DEQ AML Program requires that low cost,
highly effective treatment technologies are employed. Sharing successful
and unsuccessful experiences within the region will aid in technology
maturation and avoidance of ineffective treatments.
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency is responsible for remediation disturbances which
result in unacceptable levels of human health and environmental
mining has resulted in a number of disturbances which have required
the participation of EPA. Environmental impacts of concern to EPA
include acid mine drainage, erosion and sedimentation, chemical
releases, dust emission and habitat modification. Furthermore, common
by-products of mining activity such as mine waste, spent ore, mill
tailings and mine water are often difficult to reclaim. Technology
development for treatment of mine waste and control of environmental
impacts is a key concern for EPA.
Future collaborators are welcome. Many industries, agencies, organizations
and companies share the philosophical and financial interest in
developing efficient disturbed land restoration technologies. Recognizing
the gigantic scope of the task of compiling a comprehensive website
for ecosystem restoration it is clear that our priorities necessarily
follow our funding and our awareness of issues, examples and useful
content. If you or your organization would like to participate in
this effort by providing financial support, case histories, photos,
links to relevant information or other comments, please contact