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Date:  April 21, 2009
Contact: Craig Flentie (406) 538-1943 

BLM to Improve Water Quality at Kipp

The Bureau of Land Management will be adding a chlorination system to the potable water system at the Kipp Recreation Area (where the Fred Robinson Bridge crosses the Missouri River) this spring.  

However, in the interim, the water system will not be available to campers and those using the popular camping area will have to bring their own water. “We anticipate the contracted installation work will be finished in mid-May,” according to Sandra Padilla, a BLM park ranger stationed in Lewistown. 

“Until the water system is completed, the BLM will not charging fees for using Kipp,” according to Gary Slagel; manager of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. 

The chlorination system will make the potable water consistently safe for human consumption, regardless of the changes that can periodically take place in the aquifers below. 

“The Kipp Recreation Area is a popular destination point for paddle fishermen and campers this time of year, and while we certainly encourage the public to enjoy the area, it’s very important that everyone bring their own water until the chlorination system is installed and the water system is operational again in about three weeks,” Padilla added.