before the beauty
Old Works/East Anaconda Development Area, was used as the primary smelting and processing area from 1880 to 1902. The area contained over a million and a half cubic yards of soil, slag, and flue dust and was contaminated with a range of pollutants. EPA worked closely with ARCO (the owner of the property) and the community to develop a cleanup plan that not only protected people and the environment, but also preserved its historical significance and allowed for redevelopment. What this partnership unveiled in 1994 was a plan that included cleaning up the contamination and building a top-notch golf course over a portion of the area. They covered the contaminants with 18 to 20 inches of soil, revegetated the area,
and installed a state-of-the-art drainage system.

Montana’s first Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course has proven to be a tourist magnet, attracting out-of-towners to the area who enjoy golfing, skiing, fishing, and hunting. This has had an immediate and positive impact on property values around the site. Numerous developers have expressed interest in purchasing land near the course, and more than 50 existing businesses have made improvements to their properties. Ultimately, renewed interest in the area will serve to help Anaconda transform itself into a popular recreational vacation spot. The barren and battered landscape is slowly being restored to its former beauty
Trout once again fill Warm Springs Creek, and the plant and animal life are flourishing.

Old Works Golf
EPA Case Study
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