Superfund 101: Joe Griffin and Stormwater Ponds

Stormwater is the biggest issue facing the Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit. Copper running off The Hill during spring melt and storm events contaminates water downstream of Butte, and even in low quantities can threaten aquatic life. Before these contaminates reach the restored Silver Bow Creek, they for the most part run into the historic channel running from Texas Avenue to the slag wall canyon near I-90. According to Joe, vegetated stormwater retention ponds in this area would greatly reduce the copper that enters the creek.