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Reservoir Renovation

Story and photo by Mark E. Jacobsen, Miles City FO

 a backhoe works on the reservoir

Miles City Field Office employee Lloyd Butcher began excavation work on Dean S. Reservoir located just east of Miles City in the Pine Hills area on Feb. 5.

The reservoir is undergoing renovation and expansion to mitigate sediment accumulation and to increase fish stock survivability, according to Joe Platz, fishery biologist.  

The small lake has been losing water due to a suspected fissure in the underlying sandstone and compounded by the gradual filling with sediment. Platz hopes the excavation will both widen and deepen the lake, increasing the reservoir’s life and making trout stocking feasible again.

The project is expected to last a few months.  Root wads for additional structure and an aerator windmill will be emplaced later this year.

The reservoir has long been a popular destination for local fishermen due to its proximity to town and the fact that it was traditionally stocked with trout in this predominantly warm water fisheries area.  



Last updated: 06-28-2012