Creek flowing into Yellowstone much cleaner (by Brett French)
By angelamontana

Posted: September 13, 2018
Thanks to millions of dollars spent on reclaiming old mines and a mine mill site, Soda Butte Creek is now clean enough to be removed from Montana’s impaired waters list. Soda Butte is a tributary to the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park. The Lamar, in turn, is a tributary to the Yellowstone River. Decades of mining at the headwaters of Soda Butte Creek, just outside the town of Cooke City, had left the creek with frequent tainted runoff. The mill site had essentially created a dead zone in the creek thanks to heavy metals contamination. Following the cleanup, several agencies combined efforts to remove nonnative brook trout from the stream and restore Yellowstone cutthroat. To read more about this reclamation success story, check out my story in Montana Untamed at