Looking northeast from the Berkeley Pit viewing stand, visitors can see one of the most important components in the future management of the Pit: the Horseshoe Bend Water Treatment Plant. Sitting on four acres near the former McQueen neighborhood, about 600 feet east of the Berkeley Pit, the treatment plant was constructed in 2002-2003. It sits on native land that […]

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Seasonal bird mitigation efforts ongoing

After several highly publicized incidences of bird deaths at the Berkeley Pit, a popular myth arose: migratory waterfowl are instantly killed if they land on water in the Berkeley Pit. In fact, hundreds of waterfowl land on the surface of the Berkeley Pit every month during migration seasons, and they typically fly off unharmed within a few hours, either on […]

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Berkeley Pit Myth Versus Fact

PitWatch Issue Volume 9, Number 2 The community has many common misconceptions about the Berkeley Pit. This section addresses a few of those most often heard false statements. Myth: Migratory waterfowl are instantly killed if they land on water in the Berkeley Pit. Fact: Hundreds of waterfowl land on the surface of the Berkeley Pit every month during the migration […]

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PitWatch Issue Volume 9, Number 1 The community has many common misconceptions about the Berkeley Pit. This section will address a few of those most often heard false statements and try to set the record straight. Myth: The Pit Will Overflow. Fact: There are two reasons why the Pit will never overflow. First, the 1994 Record of Decision and 2002 […]

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On August 14, 2002, U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon signed the Mine Flooding Consent Decree between the Atlantic Richfield Company (Arco), the Montana Resources Group (MR), the U.S. EPA, the State of Montana (DEQ) and the U.S. Department of Justice. The Consent Decree was released for public review on March 26, 2002, with a May 4 deadline to submit […]

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