U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
|Release Date: 04/15/14|
BLM's Toston Dam Campground Temporarily Closed During Repair Work
BUTTE (April 15, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Upper Toston Dam Campground is closed until early July while the State of Montana’s Department of Natural Resources & Conservation completes some major repairs at the dam.
As a matter of public safety, parts of the road near Toston Dam are closed to public access during the repair work. Cranes and heavy equipment are working in the area to replace large, inflatable rubber gates on the dam’s spillway. Each rubber gate weighs about 16,000 pounds and requires lifting and hauling across the road. Work on the project began in February and should be completed by the beginning of July, said David Lofftus, Hydro Power Program Manager with the DNRC.
“We had hoped to be done earlier, but the winter weather and ice pushed the schedule back,” he added.
The DNRC is replacing all seven rubber gates on the spillway. The failure of spillway bladder in Bay 6 came after 23 years of operation. Further inspection revealed that the other bladders are aging and in need of replacement.
The BLM’s Toston Dam recreation site, located about 13 miles south of Townsend, contains two water-oriented recreation sites: one located just above Toston Dam on the Missouri River Reservoir and one just below the dam on the free-flowing river. The Upper Toston Dam Campground has six camping sites while the Lower Toston Dam Campground has two sites.
The BLM’s Upper Toston Dam Campground is closed, but the lower campground and boat ramp are open, as is all the river downstream of the dam.
“Though this is an inconvenience for those who are accustomed to using the upper site for recreational enjoyment of the reservoir, we’re glad to see the dam getting some much-needed repairs,” said Scott Haight, Field Manager for the BLM’s Butte Field Office. “We certainly want the public to be safe while boating and fishing at these recreation sites.”
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of Americas public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
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|Last updated: 04-17-2014|
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