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130 Acres Of Poplar Trees Planted In Missoula

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MISSOULA - More than 72,000 poplar trees are planted in Missoula to improve the health of the Clark Fork River and the environment.

The trees were planted on Monday, on 130 acres off Mullan Road as part of the Missoula Hybrid Poplar Water Reclamation Project. 10 million gallons of reclaimed water is dumped into the Clark Fork River each day. The water contains nutrients, which hurt the water quality, but are beneficial for crop irrigation. The water will now go to the crop of trees instead of the river.

"The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has recently developed regulations to allow this to be done more widely. It's a very inexpensive form of wastewater treatment, and it also produces an economic benefit, so I think this is going to be the first of these types of project around the state," said project manager Tom Platt, with Hybrid Energy Group.

The crop will eventually be 180 acres planted, with 96,000 poplars. It will accommodate more than one million gallons of reclaimed water per day.

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