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About Brad Tyer

Howdy. I’m a newspaper and magazine journalist of 20 years experience, originally from Houston, Texas, with pit-stops of varying duration since in Portland, Oregon; Terlingua, Texas; Missoula, Montana; Austin, Texas; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m an avid canoeist, a budding photographer, and the proud companion of two 15-year-old mutts named Pancho and Lady.

For more on me, including links to published stories, resume, awards, galleries of photographic work, and pointers to my facebook, flickr, and blog sites, you can check out my portfolio website.

Please feel free to get in touch via bradtyer(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Betty Waters permalink
    July 14, 2010 6:00 pm

    Just to let you know that I have marked your blog and will be checking it ever so often.
    Brad Tyer is a very good writer, but, better than that, he is a very good person.
    B. Waters

  2. Lynette Clemetson permalink
    August 8, 2010 10:01 pm

    You’re more than a “budding” photographer. You have a great eye and a captivating perspective. I’m sure you’ll make the most of Opportunity. Can’t wait to read the book.

  3. October 15, 2010 9:28 pm

    Hi Brad — Just a note to say that I’ve added Opportunity Montana to my blogroll. I’m looking forward to checking in now and then to see what you’re up to. — Mark

  4. Chris Frissell permalink
    November 15, 2011 4:09 pm

    Brad: Hi, I’m a fish and watershed ecologist, and worked for a couple years as an expert on the Arco case for the SK Tribes that was settled. I got to your blog via your excellent HCN article.

    One thing you need to be sure to see and photograph before the slickens all get scraped (again), if you haven’t already, is this: get out on the river during the first hour or two of a good rainstorm (any time of year, just make sure you stay out there when everyone else is getting off the river). What you’ll see is an amazingly rapid rate of water runoff from the slickens-hardened floodplain soils, but more important, all of those little rivulets of water will be running blue, or green or sometimes red, with a nice head of foam. Then follow where the metals-laden rivulets lead: straight to the backwaters and side channels that are the nurseries for most of the young-of year fish in the river. Thus these critical nursery habitats get high-concentration injections of metals several times a year.

    Within minutes or hours, the backwaters and spring brook flows mix with the main river, where the water just might get grab sampled now and then. But by that point the metal concentrations are diluted below acutely toxic levels. The main river never sees the extreme spikes these backwaters are subject to. So, no problem, according to the data. And virtually no one samples for larval fish in the upper Clark Fork, dead or alive.

    Maybe the prescribed next round of slickens treatments will cure this. Maybe not. I might have missed something, but despite all the millions spent, I’ve yet to see the process I’ve described detected, identified, described, or quantified in any of the relevant assessments I’ve looked at. So I’m not at all confident the treatments will be effective to alleviate it. Some of the areas I’ve observed this runoff process occurring were already considered “remediated” by EPA and others simply because they had managed to grow some grass.

    A fine-scale process can have a killing effect, when it’s repeated over and over and across a wide areas. A river that can’t support fish reproduction is still hardly a river…even if it does support some fishing. Restoration that blindly disregards the fine-scale fabric of the killing runs a high risk of ecological failure. It seems there are some interesting parallels between the fates of fish and people in the Clark Fork

    Apologies for long-windedness.

    Chris Frissell
    Polson, MT

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