The three mining claims saw active operations from the 1930s through the 1970s. By 1996, all mining claims in the complex had been abandoned.
The partnership effort to reclaim and restore the natural function of Kennedy Creek began on this site in 2010. The site is being reclaimed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
The site is located roughly 10 miles northwest of Huson in the Ninemile drainage. The mines once targeted lead and zinc ore associated with quartz veins containing gold and copper. The mining activities left waste rock that leaches elevated levels of lead, arsenic, zinc and copper into nearby Kennedy Creek. The metals can be toxic to aquatic species downstream and, in high levels, they can threaten public health.
Approximately 6000 cubic yards of waste rock will be excavated and deposited in a repository near the mine sites, but away from Kennedy Creek. After the removal work has been completed, Trout Unlimited will work to restore the function of Kennedy Creek. The project will be done in phases and is expected to be completed by the end of October, 2015
This project is one piece of the larger effort to clean up mining related impacts to the Ninemile watershed.
Information concerning the site is located at the Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Missoula, Montana. Please contact the On-Scene Coordinator, Nancy Rusho, at 406-329-3775, for additional details or if there are questions related to this project.