BUTTE – A remote-controlled boat has been successfully launched into a former Montana open-pit mine where thousands of snow geese died last fall.
The Montana Standard reported Wednesday’s launch in the Berkeley Pit came after a failed attempt last week due to mechanical errors with the boat’s remote-controlled devices.
The watercraft was designed by Montana Tech student Abdullah Alangari with a $50,000 grant donated by Montana Resources and Atlantic Richfield Co.
A Montana Tech team helped prepare the boat for launch and used a laptop to guide the boat as it took water samples Wednesday.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires the water be sampled twice a year under an agreement reached over the Berkeley Pit cleanup.
Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrating snow geese died after landing in the pit last November.
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