Our students spent the morning with environmental reporter Matthew Frank, who told them about a story he did following the shipment of coal from Montana to China. Frank is the editorial supervisor of Science Source, an grant-funded School of Journalism project that provides coverage about environmental science and natural resource news to newspapers and radio stations in rural areas.
After that we heard from Jill Alban, the outreach director for the Missoula-based Clark Fork Coalition, a non-government, non-profit environmental organization that works to clean and preserve the watershed of the Clark Fork River drainage. The watershed was once heavily polluted by mining and smelting in the Butte-Anaconda area. The coalition encouraged government agencies to begin the cleanup in 2008.