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Glasgow Field Office
Release Date: 06/21/11
Contacts: Steve Klessens 406-228-3759    

Runoff Damages BLM Reservoirs/Access Routes South of Glasgow

Excessive rain and runoff have severely damaged Triple Crossing (TC) Reservoir (a Bureau of Land Management reservoir 27 miles southwest of Glasgow) in south Valley County and closed several roads that access public and private lands in the same area.

The control pipe structure in the TC Reservoir has eroded and under-cut the fill, which has essentially drained the reservoir.

The main access road to public lands in the center of south Valley County is the TC Access Road, which crosses TC Reservoir.  As the reservoir has washed out, the TC Access Road is closed to traffic and will remain closed indefinitely.  Residents and livestock grazing permittees will have to use alternate routes when navigating the public lands or attempting to work in the vicinity of TC Reservoir.

Additionally, a large culvert washed out of the TC Access Road approximately six miles west of TC Reservoir; also making that section of the road impassable. 

The Beaver Branch Road, located 10 miles west of Glasgow, is impassable beginning at Grub Reservoir and is closed to through traffic. This section of road will be repaired as soon as equipment can access the site.

As quickly as possible the BLM will assess the damage to TC Reservoir and all public land improvements throughout northeast Montana then begin prioritizing the projects (roads, culverts, reservoirs, etc.) for repairs.  In the interim, the BLM encourages all public land users to be extremely cautious when visiting public lands.

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 America’s 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: 06-28-2012