• What is the current water level in the Pit?

  • Study details slope stability

  • Water level rising more slowly than originally projected

  • Drones in the works for water quality sampling

  • Plan for treatment technology assessment

  • Following up on the EPA’s 2010 five-year review

  • Maps of Berkeley Pit Monitoring Sites

  • Computer Model Shows Berkeley Pit & Butte Mine Tunnels

  • Current and Critical Water Level Comparison

  • Berkeley Pit slough

The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine in Butte, Montana. Approximately 320 million tons of ore and over 700 million tons of waste rock were mined from the Butte Hill. Put another way, the Berkeley Pit and Butte mines produced enough copper to pave a four-lane highway four inches thick from Butte to Salt Lake City and 30 miles beyond. Today, the Pit is filling with highly contaminated water, and managed as a federal Superfund environmental cleanup site.

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What is the current water level in the Pit?

Friday, May 5, 2017

As of May 5, 2017, the Pit’s water level was 5,339.30 feet above sea level. When water levels at one of the monitoring compliance points around […]

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Snow Geese Update

Friday, December 9, 2016

• It is estimated that many thousands of migrating snow geese stopped in the Berkeley Pit the week of November 28, 2016. The number of […]

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Study details slope stability

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The rate of rise of water levels in the Berkeley Pit and connected monitoring points is affected by many factors, including rain and snowfall and […]

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Berkeley Pit Water Levels & Monitoring

Illustrated information regarding Berkeley Pit water levels and monitoring compliance point water levels around the Pit