Following a La Niña winter, the Clark Fork River crested at nearly 13 feet in Missoula. Floodwaters devastated homes north of Third Street in the Orchard Homes neighborhood. Residents used any means necessary—waders, ATVs, even canoes—to access their property.
Sections of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin damaged by a century of mining received a boost in funding Dec. 19, when Gov. Brian Schweitzer authorized $116.5 million to repair the most polluted parts of the damaged landscape, like this “slicken.”