BUTTE, Mont. -

Monday morning, Montana and Butte leaders dedicated a Silver Bow Creek bridge to the former Environmental Protection Agency Director for Region 8.

People gathered to honor John Wardell, who passed away five years ago in a mountain climbing accident. He worked for 26 years on the Superfund cleanup in Butte and the Clark Fork Basin.

The new EPA director said with Wardell's help, fish and aquatic life returned to parts of Silver Bow Creek they hadn't seen in years.

She said the bridge is a good example of Wardell because it represents what he worked so hard to improve.

"He spent a lot of time walking out in the environment," said EPA region 8 Director Julie Dalsoglio. "So having this bridge on a creek in a trail system is neat, and I think it also says a lot about John's style, about being able to bridge a lot of perspectives and a lot of needs."

You can see the plaque honoring Wardell on the bridge on George Street, across from the Chamber of Commerce.