Howard Mine Rehabilitation
The Howard Mine was a silver and lead mine near Salmo, B.C. that operated from 1937-1938. During its short operating life, the mine left behind a large amount of mine tailings at the confluence of the Salmo River and Porcupine Creek that were being washed away by the river every freshet. The ecological and human health risks that the site presented made it a high priority site for remediation by the Crown Contaminated Sites Program (CCSP). In 2014, the site was remediated by a team that included Quantum Murray, SRK Consulting, and Masse Environmental. Habitat restoration was a key part of the overall remediation plan, and included vegetated riprap, fish habitat structures, riparian and upland planting, retention of coarse woody debris, and the construction of wildlife habitat structures. Tall rooted spike cuttings from Treebear Native plants were planted within the riprap to provide a rapid way of enhancing stream side vegetation at the site.