Big Creek, a major tributary of the North Fork, has now officially completed a restoration process aimed at reducing sediment contamination. . . .
Big Creek is the first stream in the state to have completed a water quality restoration process aimed at reducing sediments.
the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Flathead National Forest announced the news Thursday that Big Creek had been removed from the state’s list of impaired waters.
Recent monitoring data has shown that sediment and stream conditions in Big Creek, a major tributary to the North Fork of the Flathead River, now are similar to conditions in streams with minimal human impacts.
That wasn’t the case in 1996, when Big Creek was added to a list of Montana waters with impaired water quality.