The Environmental Protection Agency added Allie Archer to the Helena office to take on some of Project Manager Nikia Greene’s workload on one of the largest Superfund sites in the nation.
Archer, 29, took on Warm Springs Ponds, just one section of the approximately 30-mile long Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund site, about two years ago. She started her job in the Helena office in fall 2015.
The ponds cover 2,400 acres and were originally designed to settle heavy metals coming from Silver Bow Creek. They are now a popular recreational site.
Some cleanup activity took place on Warm Springs Ponds decades ago, but the ponds’ future is uncertain. The ponds still send arsenic into the Clark Fork River, according to the Clark Fork River Technical Assistance Committee website. Arsenic is a known carcinogen.
Archer also added Montana Pole Plant to her work portfolio last fall. Montana Pole Plant, as well as Warm Springs Ponds, used to be under Greene's oversight. Greene continues to oversee the Butte Hill cleanup, the Rocker cleanup west of Butte, and the Berkeley Pit.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is the lead agency on the Montana Pole Plant, a former wood treatment site off South Montana Street. MDEQ project manager David Bowers is the primary site manager for that cleanup area. Archer will play a support role to Bowers.
Archer, who has two master’s degrees — one in environmental engineering from Michigan Technical University and one in bio and agricultural engineering from Kansas State University — said she is up to the challenge of working on sections of Butte’s Superfund sites because it requires a combination of community involvement and technical work.
Archer obtained an undergraduate degree in bio systems engineering from Kansas State University.
Prior to working for EPA, Archer spent two years in the Peace Corps working on water systems in Senegal.