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Katie Racette, volunteer coordinator for the Clark Fork Coalition, carefully descends down a steep river bank in order to collect hard-to-reach trash, boxes and other debris that have settled by the water.

BRONTË WITTPENN, Missoulian

Missoula’s Clark Fork Coalition has invited the community to its 30th anniversary celebration.

The watershed advocacy organization that helped remove Milltown Dam and restore the confluence of the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers will be sharing food, beverages, prizes and music at its 140 S. Fourth St. W. headquarters on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. A live DJ playing hits from the past three decades and a raffle for a 13-foot fishing raft and trailer are among the amenities.

Since its founding in 1985, the Clark Fork Coalition has also been involved in reducing pollution from the city’s sewer system and downstream pulp mill, restoring in-stream flows in the Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers, and remediating waterways suffering from Montana’s early mine waste deposits. CFC also helped spearhead the Clark Fork Market that sells locally grown produce and food underneath the Higgins Avenue Bridge every summer weekend.

The Friday evening gathering is free to the public.

Missoulian Staff

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