Friends of 2 Rivers
A citizens' organization committed to promoting a safe, healthy and enriching environment for the communities at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers.
Northwestern Energy’s Long Term Energy Supply Plan: Will it Include Renewables?
A recent energy supply forum hosted by NorthWestern Energy highlighted developments in renewable electric generation sources. The utility is currently planning its long-term energy resources. There have been significant advancements lowering the cost of wind and solar and increasing energy storage from renewables. Will Montana’s Public Service Commission require NorthWestern to increase its currently meager commitment to solar and wind? Technological progress is evidence that it can and must. Montanans will have opportunities to weigh in on the utility’s long term planning process.
Toe logs! Who knew! Toe logs were introduced to us during the reconstruction of the river through our ranch as part of the Milltown Superfund Project. Previously the river was aggressively eating away the bank where there was little bank to spare.
While the river was diverted, vulnerable areas of bank were peeled back and heavy logs with root balls attached were laid down into it and buried with about 1/3 of their length left exposed to the river. They were angled slightly upstream and often the root ball was placed to reach into the current.
The job of these toe logs, we were told, was to protect the bank so vegetation could eventually stabilize it and to push the current away from the bank to stop the erosion that was happening. They would also collect drifting brush, etc., that would eventually add to the bank.
Varied seasons on the Blackfoot River
Fall comes to the Clark Fork River by Chuck and Mary Erickson