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  Clark Fork Watershed
     Education Program
                                    Newsletter   July 2009
Your Update on CFWEP’s         After what seemed like a never-ending winter, summer is upon us in the
Education Programs and         Clark Fork. CFWEP has been rocking and rolling thanks to our continued
Clark Fork Restoration         support from funders, our volunteers and, of course, our teachers and students.
Throughout the Region
                               Perhaps the biggest news of late is that we received the support of the
                               Governors Trustee Advisory Council in June for our base funding from the
                               NRDP to continue our work in the middle schools of the Upper Clark Fork,
CFWEP at a Glance              now approved through June of 2010. Since our last newsletter, we were
Letter from the                successful in obtaining a $3,000 challenge grant from the Cinnabar Foundation
Director              page 1   and a $2,500 grant from the Norcross Foundation to upgrade and maintain our
                               program field monitoring equipment.
Southwest Montana
Science Partnership   page 2   We would also like to proudly introduce a new team member who will be
Featured Volunteer             working with us through the summer. Beverly Plumb, a recent Montana Tech
PitWatch Update                graduate in the geochemistry masters program, has joined the program
                      page 3
                               through August as a full-time summer Campus Corps volunteer. Her primary
2009 EcoDardevil Call          duties will be helping us continue our Butte Reclamation Evaluation System
for Nominations       page 4   program that involves area teachers and students as evaluators of reclaimed
                               mine dump sites in the ever-complex Butte Priority Soils Superfund site. But
The World Needs
                               her skills, enthusiasm and interest in the basin extend far beyond that. Beverly
EcoDaredevils         page 5
                               was born and grew up in Butte and Anaconda, respectively, and graduated
Upcoming Events                high school from Missoula. Her graduate research with Dr. Chris Gammons
Weather Exhibit       page 6   at Tech focused on Silver Bow Creek…that’s what we call a Clark Fork lifer!
                               Welcome aboard, Beverly!

                               And of course, while we highlight everything we can in our bi-monthly
                               newsletter, there just never seems to be enough room for us to talk about
Contact CFWEP                  everything. Check out to learn about the Southwest Montana
Montana Tech                   River Rat Camp in August, a cooperative effort with the George Grant Chapter
Technical Outreach             of Trout Unlimited, our Restoration Technician Certification Program from late
1300 W Park St                 May and everything else restoration-related that’s going on in the watershed.
Butte, MT 59701
(406) 496-4124 - phone         Thanks!
(406) 496-4696 - Fax - e-mail                                                                         Matt Vincent
For more Information,
visit the CFWEP Website
Southwest Montana Science Partnership Update
Elementary Teachers Develop Science Skills with Montana Tech Faculty

Sixty teachers from Southwest Montana schools are participating in the Southwest Montana Science Partnership
(SMSP) project, which kicked off in January. The project is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 and utilizes a
blended learning approach, which includes online coursework and intensive face-to-face workshops lead by
Montana Tech science faculty. The project seeks to increase teachers’ science content knowledge, teachers’
confidence in using inquiry and place-based teaching approaches, and student achievement in science.
                  “What is living in our soil?”
The project is well underway with three of ten modules and workshops completed for the first group of area
teachers enrolled. Teachers are engaged in studying their local environments and have been learning how to
develop a comprehensive field site study where they can take their students outdoors to dive into inquiry science.
Over the first two modules and workshops, teachers learned how to map a study site and then locate, describe and
name local landforms and their influence on the site. In June, teachers began to investigate the soils of Montana.
Dr. Marisa Pedulla from the Montana Tech Biology Department and
Dr. Michelle Anderson from the UM-Western Biology Department
led the field investigations, guiding teachers as they delved into the
question, “What is living in our soil?”

Teachers looked at insects and microbes, learning how to trap
invertebrates for in-class study and how to culture for bacteria
living in the soils. Teachers also dug soil profiles in order to
collect information about soil layers within the study site to better
determine what might be living there.

Following up from the landforms workshop, Dr. Colleen Elliott from
the Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology facilitated discussions
regarding soil types and soil formation within Montana. Teachers
were then able to make some educated guesses and assumptions
about the forces at work in creating soils. As teachers “dug deeper”
into understanding why various life forms were present or not
present based on what they learned about soil conditions, in true
scientific fashion they may have come away with more questions
than answers, leaving many avenues for later exploration.

To date, the SMSP project has been very rewarding. Teachers and
faculty scientists are developing connections and relationships,
                                                                        East Middle School students measure water
leading to noticeable changes in the ways science is taught in the      quality on Silver Bow Creek
grade schools.

Time and resources continue to present the biggest obstacles to truly investing in science education at the
elementary level. As educators move to a more comprehensive, integrated approach to learning, where both
teachers and students are doing science rather than just reading about it, classroom time budgets will have to shift
to accommodate inquiry lessons. The SMSP project, by bringing together teachers, administrators, and scientists,
continues to show that quality inquiry science education for some of our younger students is well within reach, if
only we are willing to get our hands a little dirty and start digging.

Featured Volunteer: Mike Kustudia
CFRTAC Coordinator lends an expert hand to CFWEP
                                                        CFWEP’s featured volunteer is Mike Kustudia
                                                        of the Clark Fork River Technical Assistance
                                                        Committee. (CFRTAC)

                                                        Mike’s expertise as both the technical
                                                        coordinator of CFRTAC and as a Piltzville
                                                        native contributed greatly to the success of the
                                                        CFWEP’s Milltown Dam Education Program in
                                                        2009 as a key field trip speaker at the Milltown
                                                        bluff site.

                                                        Thanks, Mike, for your time and enthusiasm,
                                                        and we at CFWEP look forward to continuing
                                                        our work together in the future!
Mike gives students an overview of the Milltown Dam
restoration from the bluff overlook

Updated PitWatch Available
While CFWEP focuses on the Clark Fork River itself,
one of the most critical Superfund sites in the Basin sits
above the headwaters: the Berkeley Pit. The Pit, one of
Butte’s best-known tourist attractions, has been filling
with ground and surface water since mining operations
ceased in 1982. The resulting Pit lake is today filled with
over 40 billion gallons of acidic water that contains sky-
high concentrations of copper, iron, and other heavy

PitWatch, published annually, is a free newspaper that
describes the history of the Pit, ongoing management
of the site, current Pit water levels, and projections for
the future. Hard-copies are available at the Berkeley       This 2002 photo from NASA shows the Berkeley Pit and the
Pit Viewing Stand, the Butte Chamber of Commerce            surrounding area prior to the construction of the Horseshoe
Visitor Center, and at many other local businesses and      Bend Water Treatment Plant.
community centers around the Butte area. PitWatch is also available by request. Requests should be emailed to, or call Justin Ringsak at 406-496-4897. PitWatch is also available online at

CFWEP would like to acknowledge the following new members, volunteers and contributors. Their support and
assistance makes our work possible.

Montana AGATE, Marisa Pedulla, Michelle Anderson, Venus Rising Espresso House, Butte-Silver Bow County, Jon
Sesso, Roberta Stauffer - Montana Standard and the ) Montana Office of Public Instruction.
2009 EcoDaredevil Award
Call for Nominations

The first EcoDaredevil Award was presented on Earth Day 2008. CFWEP proudly announces our call for
nominations for the second-annual EcoDaredevil Award. This year we will honor an EcoDaredevil from the
legendary Evel Knievel’s home state of Montana, with an award presentation on the campus of Montana Tech
in September 2009. The 2009 EcoDaredevil winner will receive a cash award and other green prizes.

The first EcoDaredevil Award was presented to Duke doctoral student Elliott Hazen. Mr. Hazen was one of the
co-founders of GreenWave, a student-led sustainability movement at the Duke Marine Lab. He also instituted
a Green by Design class at the Marine Lab bringing in all sorts of experts from business, fisheries etc. to come
and chat about sustainability. An honorary award was also presented to Krysten Knievel, granddaughter of
Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, in recognition of Evel’s inspiration for the EcoDaredevil Award.

The 2009 award winner will be chosen by 1) a selection committee of nationally and regionally recognized
environmental scientists and activists who will review all nominations; 2) peers via an on-line voting system.
The 2009 EcoDaredevil Award will be announced in a ceremony at Montana Tech on Friday, September 18th.

2009 Nominees must meet the following criteria:
• Be from the State of Montana
• 18 to 35, or a recently enrolled/graduated college student
• Has exceptionally fulfilled the core characteristics of what the
   EcoDaredevil Award signifies: courage, creativity and success
   (even failure if they’re back up and trying) in positively impacting
   environmental change through science, action, policy or the arts
• Nominee must be nominated by a faculty member, researcher,
   student, peer or other member of the local, regional, national or
   international environmental community

Submit nominations to by August 1, 2009. Include the following in your nomination:
• Name
• Age
• Location/hometown
• Year in school/college/major
• An explanation of why the nominee is an EcoDaredevil (max. of three, single-spaced, 12-point font pages)
• At least two letters/emails of recommendation/support – one from a faculty/teacher, one from a student/
   peer, and/or one from a member of the community (state, local or other)
• Supporting materials may include web links, articles, images of nominee’s accomplishments, etc.

Entries will be judged upon 1) innovation/creativity of nominee’s actions/accomplishments; 2) courage of
nominee to perform in the face of adversity (i.e. difficulty of achievement exhibited by numbers, required
time/timeliness, social/economic/political climate, etc.); 3) significance of nominee’s impact on environmental
change (sustainability and/or size of outcome(s); number of people affected, policies changed/implemented,
honors received); 4) exceptional character exhibited by the nominee. Note: please prepare the nomination with
Word, pdf and submit as an attachment.

Read more about the EcoDaredevil award at the EcoDaredevil blog:

The World Needs EcoDaredevils
Childhood hero inspires environmental activism

In the 1970s, many of us idolized Evel Knievel. He was a rock star, sports hero and folk legend in one. He was
both a daredevil and a cool character. Back then, his jumps over buses, fountains and canyons inspired us to
launch our bicycles into the air and over puddles, mounds of dirt and hapless friends.
Now, we find new inspiration in our childhood hero.
In 1961 Robert Craig Knievel, long before “Evel” became a household name, hitchhiked from Butte to our
nation’s capital to protest the culling of elk in Yellowstone National Park. He lugged the rack of a massive bull
elk along as a gift. It dominated the White House office of Mike Manatos, assistant to John F. Kennedy. The
administration responded and many elk were saved via implementation of a transplant system.
Half a century later our country and our world face ever more serious environmental crises — loss of
biodiversity, a warming planet, collapsing fisheries, looming food and water shortages for billions of people
and the realization that our pollution has reached nearly every corner. Scientists forecast the 2050 Scenario as
the convergence of a hotter, dirtier, more overcrowded Earth where nature will have been forgotten by most of
the nine billion inhabitants who fight in violent wars for what’s left.
Jumping that chasm is the greatest challenge we have ever faced. Waiting until later is foolish at best, and
disastrous at worst.
Solving the biggest problems we face will require the most revolutionarily of changes in society and
technology, rather than incremental steps.
We must be brave, creative and outspoken enough to challenge the status quo in our respective industries,
departments and neighborhoods. We must undertake the audacious, impossible and dangerous. We must risk
financial, social and physical pain.
In other words, we must be EcoDaredevils.
EcoDaredevils are everywhere. They are musicians, inventors, investors, scientists, activists, engineers,
students, artists and entrepreneurs. They are debating, creating, evolving — sometimes crashing — and
always coming back for more.
Two Texas women cleaned up their beach and inspired the International Coastal Cleanup, a global volunteer
movement a half a million strong.
Virgin Atlantic billionaire Sir Richard Branson is greening the aviation industry. Feliciano dos Santos
campaigns for clean water in Africa with powerful music. In San Francisco, architect Renzo Piano designed
the giant new roof of the California Academy of Sciences as a native meadow with solar panels. In Mexico,
WaterKeeper Julio Solis drag races in Baja fishing villages to raise awareness of the ocean crisis.
Changing our light bulbs, inflating our tires and bringing our own bags are all important. But let’s be clear: it’s
going to take actions far more thrilling and substantive for us to make it over this canyon.
For some, speaking up boldly about energy efficiency at the office is a risky bet. For others it may be a massive
transformation to “green” their household. Others may undertake bolder actions at higher stakes. The point is
to do something for the planet that feels like risk and derring-do — to you.
They say that Evel Knievel broke many, many bones, many times. But he kept on jumping his motorcycle
through the air. “A man can fall many times, but he’s never a failure unless he refuses to get up,” is chiseled
on Knievel’s headstone. He represented a combination of steely will, toughness, creativity and tenacity that
enthralled me as an eight year old and still does.
Look inside yourself and grab a hold of your inner EcoDaredevil. Strap on your helmet, your red, white and
blue leathers, and let’s go for a ride.
Nominate an EcoDaredevil for our 2009 Award.
For more on EcoDaredevil founder Wallace J. Nichols, visit
                                                                                              Wallace JNichols

Upcoming Events                                                         Visit us online at
                                                                         for regular news and updates.
July 6-17: Butte Reclamation Evaluation System
CFWEP students and teachers will be traversing the Butte hill, visiting reclaimed mine yards and assessing
vegetation, erosion, and other environmental factors as part of the Butte Reclamation Evaluation System.
(BRES) The collected data will be used by Butte-Silver Bow county in the continued maintenance of these
Superfund sites. If you see folks in orange CFWEP vests around the hill in July, give us a wave!

July 29: Volunteer Appreciation BBQ
It’s time to celebrate another year in the Clark Fork Basin! The BBQ will take place in the evening. All CFWEP
volunteers, students, teachers, and the general public are welcome! Check in July for details.

July 31: Science Café – Astronomy
Join us for another informal evening of scientific conversation with an expert. The topic for July is Astronomy.
The Science Café will be held at 6pm at one of Uptown Butte’s fine businesses. Check as the
date approaches for full details.

August 3-7: CFWEP/Trout Unlimited River Rat Fly Fishing Youth Camp
CFWEP and Trout Unlimited are teaming up to offer a week-long fly fishing and conservation camp for
students age 14-17. Visit us online at for complete camp details.

August 12: CFWEP/Quarry Brewing Fundrasier
Come to Butte’s local brewery and enjoy a pint of the finest, locally crafted lager. Learn about CFWEP’s
restoration and education projects. For every pint purchased, Quarry will donate $.50 to CFWEP 3-8pm.

September 18-19: Southwest Montana Science Partnership Workshop
SMSP teachers in grades 3-6 from around western Montana come together for another workshop with
Montana Tech faculty scientists. The focus for this workshop is “Water.”

Now Accepting Nominations for 2009 EcoDaredevil Award
The EcoDaredevil award recognizes students who are taking risks and contributing to environmental health,
restoration and sustainability. For more information about the EcoDaredevil award, and to nominate students
for the 2009 award, visit The Waterblogger at

Exploratorium Weather Exhibit in Butte
Have you ever wonder how tornados are formed? Or how ocean currents interact with wind to create waves?
The scientifically curious can see the answers to these questions in dramatic fashion, and explore many others,
at the Weather exhibit currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Butte (MoFAB), 405 W Park St.

The fully-interactive and visually turbulent exhibit was made possible by the San Francisco Exploratorium.
Visitors get hands-on with displays to simulate the natural forces that create a variety of weather phenomena.
The exhibit is sure to capture the imagination of young and old alike.

The Weather exhibit will run at MoFAB through mid-August from 10am to 5pm Tuesday - Friday, 10am to 2
pm on Saturdays. The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.

To learn more, contact the Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation at 723-7600.

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Department of Technical Outreach at Montana Tech. Major program
funding comes from the State of Montana Natural Resource Damage
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Program and Office of Public Instruction. CFWEP offers a diversity of
                                                                                         support teachers in
inquiry and place-based science services to the communities of the Upper
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Clark Fork Basin from Butte to Missoula and in other communities of
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CFWEP is a non-profit education group with offices located in the Department of Technical Outreach at Montana Tech.
CFWEP is a multi-disciplinary science outreach program for schools in the Upper Clark Fork Basin of Montana, from
Butte to Missoula. For more information, visit

Donate online to become a member!
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Want to make a difference in the health and future of
the Clark Fork Basin?
                                                                                     Your Contribution to CFWEP
Become a CFWEP volunteer! For more information, call                                 allows Students to study
                                                                                     Clark Fork Basin Science
Justin Ringsak at 496-4897
                                                                                     and History

CFWEP Mission Statement
The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, CFWEP, fosters environmental
stewardship and science-based decision-making through place-based learning.

Up-to-Date News about Clark Fork Restoration
With all the restoration work currently underway, the Clark Fork Basin is changing
rapidly. To help teachers, students and the public stay abreast of the changes
occurring in their own back yard, CFWEP maintains a regularly updated online index
of news from around the basin. For the latest and greatest, visit and
click on “CFWEP News.” for more idiosyncratic takes on Clark Fork news and CFWEP
activities, visit the CFWEP blog at

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