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By Griffen Smith

Elbow Lake dam removal deferred, other restrictions in place


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation released their decision regarding the Removal and Remediation of Elbow Lake Dam Project May 26.  Instead of demolishing the dam as originally proposed, they instead will defer taking action for the time being and leave the structure to naturally degrade.

“As stated in the draft Environmental Assessment (EA), the dam is illegal as it lacks the necessary authorization and accompanying water rights, and it is highly unlikely that those could be obtained in the future,” the release said. “FWP an...

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