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Prickly Pear Creek Relocation project earns national acclaim

Posted at 5:35 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 22:38:04-04

HELENA – A stream realignment project in East Helena has earned national recognition.

The Prickly Pear Creek Relocation won the Grand Award in Engineering Excellence.

The Montana Environmental Trust Group made the announcement Monday.

The American Council of Engineering Companies recognized the project in its “Environmental Project” category.

The project involved reconstruction of more than a mile of stream.

Their goal, reducing groundwater contamination by isolating a 16-million-ton slag pile in the East Helena Superfund site.

It also created 50 new acres of wetlands and 100 new acres of flood plain, to ease downstream flooding.