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2023 Partnerships and Select Research Summaries

Partnerships supporting Multidisciplinary scientific and engineering research towards improved Environmental Remediation, Restoration, and Reuse in the Natural Resource Extraction Sectors and Carbon Footprint Reduction and Reuse.

Butte Silver BowButte Silver Bow

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Butte, Montana Mine Reclamation and Restoration Areas

    “Montana Tech’s Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment (CERA) efforts to utilize its expertise in the environmental sector is paramount. CERA will directly develop and scale-up new technologies for waste materials from air, water, soil, and energy, not only for remedial purposes but for beneficial reuse. Montana Tech is positioned perfectly for that role,” noted Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive JP Gallagher.

Montana Department of JusticeMontana Department of Justice Natural Resource Damage Program

  • Monitoring the Success of Streambank Treatments (SBT) and their Influence on Geomorphic Features Along the Upper Clark Form River Following Mine Cleanup and Restoration;
  • Evaluating the Development and Effect of Biocrust after Nutrient Amendment Application in the Mount Haggin Uplands Areas Impacted from Copper Smelter Emissions

National Institute of HealthNational Institute of Health

  • Building the foundation for an impactful wildfire smoke exposure control project. In collaboration with Montana State University;
  • Improving Community engagement to inform Environmental Health Perceptions from Heavy Metals exposure within a Mine Superfund Site
  • Recognizing the value of traditional knowledge in environmental decision making

National Science FoundationNational Science Foundation

  • Evaluating opportunities for Integrating Responsible Engineering & Local Knowledge to Design, Implement & Evaluate Sustainable Artisanal Mining in Latin America. In collaboration with Colorado School of Mines, University of Texas, and US Air Force Academy
  • Responsible Critical Elements: Transforming Earth Resource Development for a Carbon-Neutral Future. In collaboration with Colorado School of Mines and Fort Lewis College. Assessment of indigenous communities faced with critical mineral development in new, active and abandoned mine waste operations



Utilization of new and innovative spectral methods and remote sensing tools for understanding how gold and potentially critical minerals are concentrated within a closed tailings impoundment. These tools will help us to use mineralogy derived from spectral measurements (lab, field, and remote sensing) to help delineate recoverable resources, aid in re-mining efforts and to identify residual environmental risks of mine wastes.

U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Department of the Interior

  • Improvement Assessment in Surface and Groundwater Quantity, Quality, and Ecosystem Function from Implementation of Beaver Dam Analogs

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  • Development of a non-thermal slash pile biochar device for use by landowners and loggers to reduce wildfire risk and enhance local soil fertility

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  • Development of a mobile biochar reactor and use of drones for conducting soil remediation and restoration

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  • Building Community resilience through development of a community-wide climate solutions plan for Silver Bow County
  • Development of a mobile biochar reactor and use of drones for conducting soil remediation and restoration

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  • Recovery of Critical Metals and Rare Earth Elements from Mine Waste Water 


  • Development of Green Concrete from Mine Waste 
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Dr. Robin Bullock
Interim Director of CERA