- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Researchers want to pinpoint why a Montana river became cloudy and hurt outfitters for the third straight summer.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/2fPje8J) findings from research on the Beaverhead River could be released in January.

Darrin Kron of the Department of Environmental Quality says it’s too early to identify the cause, but noted that divers found hazy water at the bottom of Clark Canyon Reservoir.

Spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said cloudiness dissipated as water moved downstream from the reservoir.

She said the department is heavily devoting resources to finding the cause as river conditions hurt the local economy.

Matt Jaeger of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says he is helping determine how the cloudy water may be impacting fish and their ability to find food.

He said fish numbers appear unaffected.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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