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New Park Opens Near Cleaner River

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Five years of work have finally come to fruition in Whitefish. Whitefish Landing, a new public park, opened today off Miles Avenue.

Twenty-five thousand dollars from BNSF Railway and the removal of more than 26,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment made the park possible.

The site was once home to a diesel refueling station used by the trains. The many years of seepage caused problems for the waterway.

The park offers direct access to the newly cleaned Whitefish River as well as walking paths.

"This is one of the first actual river dredging projects that we've ever done," said Allen Stegman, the General Director Environmental for BNSF Railway, "This would be something that we're not very familiar with doing, but we had great project training and project team including our consultants and contractors as well as our own BNSF personnel to help us execute this successfully."

The clean-up began in 2009 and took $10,000,000 to complete.

Now, more than one and a half miles of Whitefish River is clearer and free from petroleum contaminants.

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