Montana Resources

Water Fowl Deterrents

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At Washington Companies, we’re taking on some of the world’s most challenging environmental problems. We’ve implemented cutting-edge mine reclamation practices, constructed thousands of acres of wetlands, constructed stormwater and erosion control systems, and restored channels, rivers and streams. In every project, large or small, we adhere to strict environmental regulations and take every necessary step to mitigate our impacts. 

In 2016, Montana Resources partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Montana to develop and execute a program to prevent waterfowl from entering the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana. Since the pit was decommissioned in 1982, groundwater from adjacent aquifers have been mixing with noxious chemicals, threatening waterfowl that rely on freshwater.  

The EPA and the State of Montana relies on Montana Resources to implement a robust waterfowl hazing program. Montana Resources uses specialized remote-control drones, watercraft, spotlights and noise-emitting devices that harmlessly scare birds before they have a chance to land in the water.  

As a result, Montana Resources deters thousands of snow geese each year and are continuously monitoring migratory patterns to prevent unnecessary waterfowl deaths and injuries.  

“Wailer” cannons, Vortex Ring lasers and drones disguised as birds of prey are methods Montana Resources is using to deter migrating avian from the Berkely Pit. Photos courtesy Nora Saks, Montana Public Radio, 2017