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Rattlesnake Dam removal project nears completion over Labor Day weekend

Rattlesnak Dam Rehab
Posted at 8:11 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 10:21:54-04

MISSOULA — Rattlesnake Creek will flow freely for the first time in 100 years after this Labor Day weekend.

Crews were hard at work Sunday morning, finishing up the $1.3 million project, and working to divert Rattlesnake Creek to its new channel location.

Our partners at the Missoula Current say these final few days of reconstruction and work will be the last time the creek is disturbed as part of the creek restoration project.

If you’re recreating near Rattlesnake Creek, you may notice that the water is a bit cloudy, but no worries, this is just part of the permitting process, it’s only temporary and does not harm the fish.

The next step in the project is to begin the revegetation process, which you can actually get involved in as a member of the community.

The City of Missoula, Trout Unlimited, and project partners are looking for volunteers to help restore native vegetation along Rattlesnake Creek.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Clancy Jandreau at jandreauc@ci.missoula.mt.us for more details.