Milltown Dam Journeys


MILLTOWN DAM JOURNEYS: With generous funding from the Montana Department of Justice’s Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP), WEN is presenting the Milltown Dam Education Program (MDEP) to 5th through 8th grade students throughout the Clark Fork Watershed. WEN Staff developed inquiry-based student lesson about the historic removal of the Milltown Dam.


How it began:

WEN launched the MDEP in fall of 2005 to expose local students to the historic removal, remediation, and restoration of the Milltown Dam and Reservoir. The MDEP was developed using information supplied by local resource experts Dave Schmetterling (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks), Chris Brick (Clark Fork Coalition), Peter Nielsen (Missoula City/County Health Department), Kathy Coleman and Doug Martin (MT NRDP), Russ Forba and Diana Hammer (EPA), Keith Large, Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Matt Vincent (CFWEP).

Special thanks to former MDEP Coordinator Sara McComas for her diligent work in program coordination and grant-writing. An additional thank you goes to Jeani Adams, our Milltown Dam Education Program Instructor, for her great work on the 2007-2008 curriculum.



*Respect where you are, whether you are on public land or private property
*Use designated trails
*Keep field site impacts to a minimum; in other words, Leave No Trace.
*Our conduct in the field should set a good example, worthy enough for others to follow.


Contact our Program Coordinator Rebecca  Paquette at  or call (406) 541-9287 to schedule a field trip and to answer any questions.