Visualizing Environmental Information

TT Strategic Media bridges communication gaps existing
between environmental stakeholders and the general public.

The Berkeley Pit, Butte, MT

Specializing in Industrial Photography and Interactive Media.

The Berkeley Pit, Butte, MT

The Continental Pit, Butte, MT

The Continental Pit, Butte, MT

Waste Water Control

Abandoned Mine Sites

Industrial Waste Excavation

Innovative Cleanup Methods

Dr. Marious Zaluski of MSE calibrates his bioreactor.

Acid Mine Drainage Controls

Creek Reconstruction Design

Natural Resource Mitigation

Lime Injection Plant on the Silver Bow Creek near Anaconda, MT.

TT Strategic Media Services

We specialize in converting difficult to understand technical information into visually rich and easy to understand
educational media that helps stakeholders more effectively communicate with each other and the general public.

Corporate Storytelling

Corporate storytelling is how the most successful companies use marketing and communications to move their businesses ahead.  It’s about getting to the core of an organization’s value proposition, and developing narratives that compellingly relate “the story” to the general public, their customers, stakeholders, and employees in a way that motivates them to think favorably about the work you do.

Documentary Movies

Storytelling outside of the context of entertainment is now commonplace. Stories are more engaging when told within a geospatial, historical and personal context.  We specialize in documentary style narrative storytelling.  We ask the right questions and conduct in-depth research during the preproduction process.  We also offer industrial process and training videos.

Public Education

“Edutainment” is the operative word for the work we do.  We produce educational media that is fun, inspires learning and engages people of all ages.  We craft messages with heart using documentary style storytelling.   Messages that work the best, always touch the heart.  Contact us to discuss how TT Strategic Media can help you be more effective in your communication outreach efforts.

Communication Outreach

TT Strategic Media creates rich visual content that helps bridge gaps between the technical society and the general public.  Documentary storytelling engages the public increasing their awareness about the complex social and environmental issues in their area.  We design and produce content for all distribution methods, but specialize in developing content for internet delivery.

Superfund Public Education

Butte, Montana’s 26-mile Silver Bow Creek cleanup is the largest creek excavation and restoration project on earth.  It is part of the larger 120-mile long five contiguous Superfund site complex stretching from Butte to Missoula, Montana.  For over thirteen years Todd Trigsted closely followed and documented each stage of the Superfund process which included site evaluation, public comment during the ROD, engineering design and construction, site remediation and restoration reconstruction processes.  Maps, design plans, video stories, historic photographs, and panoramic before/after cleanup photographs were consolidated into different interactive nonlinear educational media that was used to educate and engage the public about Superfund cleanup.  Todd defines his technical communication role as an art form which serves to help bridge the gap existing between the technical society and the general public.  During an interview Todd said, “All Superfund communities struggle to understand the difference between real and perceived pollution risks. Information confusion can result in public skepticism.  Skepticism can grow into animosity and public disengagement. I try to collect as much media and data I can from different stakeholders and then consolidate and shape the content into a vision for the community’s future. The goal is to build communication opportunities between the stakeholders and public.”

Interactive Media

Title: Monitored Natural Recovery of an Superfund Ecosystem
Date: 2005-2006
Client: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH
Audience: Environmental Engineers World Wide
Description: As part of EPA research to develop methods and tools for the evaluation of MNR of sediments contaminated with PCBs, PAHs, and mercury, a multiyear, interdisciplinary research project was conducted at the Sangamo-Weston, Inc./Twelve-Mile Creek/Lake Hartwell PCB Contamination Superfund Site in Pickens County, SC. This interactive DVD is a comprehensive video library of the methods and tools used to comprise quantitative approaches for characterizing naturally occurring mechanistic processes relevant to MNR. This information is expected to provide a reference case study for managers considering MNR as a site remedy or monitoring the progress of MNR in contaminated sediments.


Title: Upper Clark Fork River Basin
Date: 2002
Client: Montana Department of Justice, Natural Resource Damage Program
Audience: Grade Schools and Junior High Schools within the 120-river miles between Butte and Missoula, MT.
Description: The educational goal was to educate the kids about the industrial mining contamination history, general cleanup and river reconstruction efforts and teach the kids how to gather aquatic insects and test the water quality of different rivers and creeks in the area.

Title: Restoring Silver Bow Creek
Date: 2003-2004
Client: Montana Department of Justice, Natural Resource Damage Program
Audience: High Schools and Junior High Schools
Description: Restoring Silver Bow Creek is an interactive multimedia CD-ROM that profiles the history of Southwest Montana’s Silver Bow Creek contamination history and associated environmental problems and the cleanup processes. The Silver Bow Creek cleanup is the largest creek cleanup effort to date. Through the use of aerial and on-site video taped interviews and high resolution images, the non-linear CD presents the Silver Bow Creek’s contamination issues within its cultural and industrial history. Special music was composed and performed by individuals native to the area.


Title: U.S. EPA Open Pit Lakes Conference, 2004
Date: 2004-2005
Client: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Audience: Conference Attendees
Description: The interactive CD-ROM is a library of all the presentations given at the conference.  It includes Todd Trigsted’s photographs, panoramic images and aerial movies of open pit mines.

Title: Silver Bow Creek Contamination Source Map
Date: 2002-2003
Client: Superfund Citizen’s Action Group
Audience: High Schools and Junior High Schools
Description: This educational disk is an interactive multimedia contamination source map of the industrial sites that contributed to the contamination of Southwest Montana’s Silver Bow Creek.  The message was clearly historic and informational.

Title: An Artist’s View of the Berkeley Pit: Through the Lens of a Scientist
Date: 1999-2000
Client: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mine Waste Technology Program and Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Center for Land Use Interpretation
Audience: The EPA funded this project allowing me to define my role as an artist within the Nation’s largest Superfund site.  An exhibit of my photography and a live multimedia presentation of this work in a Los Angeles art gallery was funded by an Andy Warhol Grant.

See exhibit:

Title: The Richest Hill on Earth
Date: 2003-2004
Client: U.S. EPA and Atlantic Richfield Oil Company – Remediation Division
Audience: General Public
Description: “The Richest Hill on Earth” showcases the industrial history of the key mining sites on the Butte Hill in Butte, Montana.  This non-linear interactive CD-ROM was a compilation of mining history describing how innovative engineering construction designs allowed men , mules and heavy equipment to be lowered one-mile deep into the ground.  The CD-ROM is an archive of historical photographs and personal stories told by men who worked underground in the mines.

Title: Pioneer Technical Services, Statement of Qualifications
Date: 2006-2007
Client: Pioneer Technical Services, Inc
Audience: Potential Clients
Description: As part of Pioneer Technical Services outreach effort Todd Trigsted was commissioned to compile and profile the vast array of technical services, products and accomplishments of the company.


Interactive Maps

Reconstructing the Silver Bow Creek near Butte, Montana


In 1983, EPA listed the Silver Bow Creek/Butte area as one of multiple Superfund sites in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin. The agency later designated the approximately 22 stream miles of streamside tailings along Silver Bow Creek as an operable unit (OU) within this overall Superfund site. The Streamside Tailings Operable Unit (SSTOU) has become one of the areas of focus for Superfund cleanup in the Butte area. Initially, EPA named ARCO as the primary party responsible for remediation of the SSTOU and other Superfund sites in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin through its acquisition of the Anaconda Company. EPA and DEQ issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the site in November 1995 that identifies the final site remedy and the agencies’ rationale for selecting that remedy. The major remedial action that resulted from issuance of the ROD is excavation of tailings and related impacted soils from the floodplain of Silver Bow Creek and reconstruction of the stream channel and floodplain. For planning purposes, the SSTOU was divided into four subareas (Subareas 1 through 4), each with a distinct geologic and geographic character.

See the collection of Silver Bow Creek videos below.

 TT Strategic Media was contracted by Superfund PRPs, EPA, DEQ and Environmental agents to document the environmental impacts of mining in the Clark Fork River Basin and show the public the vast engineering effort needed to rebuild the 120-mile river system.

The Berkeley Pit Copper Industrial Area in Butte, Montana

U.S. EPA Monitored Natural Recovery at Lake Hartwell, SC  (PCB Contaminated Sediments)

Lake Hartwell PCB Contamination Source

Monitored natural recovery (MNR) is a risk reduction approach for contaminated sediment that uses ongoing, naturally occurring processes to contain, destroy, or reduce the bioavailability or toxicity of contaminants in sediment.  To use MNR successfully, it is necessary to identify and evaluate the natural processes that reduce risk. MNR usually requires assessment, modeling, and monitoring to demonstrate that risk is actually being reduced.   See the collection of MNR videos below.

TT Strategic Media was contracted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to video document all aspects of the MNR ecosystem study and produce an interactive DVD for dissemination of the methods of this study.

Milltown Dam Removal

MILLTOWN, Mont. — Milltown Dam, a symbol of industrial progress that became a symbol of destruction, was recently breached, and two parts of the Clark Fork River were joined again.  There was no dynamite, no wrecking balls, no “blow and go” removal. Instead, an earthen dam blocking a specially built channel was removed to allow a small trickle of water to flow through and gradually grow larger. The main part of the dam will be demolished over two years.  When the project is complete, it will cost $120 million.  Taking out the 1908 structure is the thorniest part of one of the largest toxic waste cleanups in the country, in what is known as the Clark Fork Basin Superfund Complex. The slow-motion breach at the end of March was intended to minimize the effects of releasing of sediment contaminated with heavy metals captured behind the dam.  “The slower it goes, the better,” said Sandy Olsen, head of the remediation division in the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. “It’s not as dramatic. But there are fewer and less intense impacts on the fish.”  Last fall, the reservoir was lowered and workers removed 700,000 cubic yards of sediment behind the dam. An additional 1.5 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment is still to be removed.

NY Times Story Link 

TT Strategic Media was hired by ARCO to visually characterize the river and dam site before and after the mine tailings and dam was removed.

Milltown Dam and Mine Tailings Before Removal

Milltown Dam and Mine Tailings After Removal

Reconstructing Silver Bow Creek

The Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund site (the Site) is a Superfund site in the upper Clark Fork River Basin, Silver Bow and Deer Lodge Counties, Montana. The Site includes approximately 26 miles of stream and streamside habitat, the urban centers of Butte and Walkerville, rural areas outside of Butte, the Berkeley Pit and the underground mine workings of the historic Butte Mining District, and the treatment/settling lagoons at the Warm Springs Ponds. Historical mining activities in Butte, Montana, and the surrounding areas generated a variety of wastes. Mining waste disposal practices and mining activities contaminated soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water with arsenic and other heavy metals, leaving the natural landscape of the area void of vegetation and wildlife. The selected remedies to date involve a variety of actions including removal of tailings and contaminated soils and sediment, treatment of contaminated areas, construction of water treatment plant and treatment of contaminated surface water, capping of contaminated areas, revegetation, installation of stormwater controls, groundwater capture and treatment.  Todd Trigsted spent 11 years in Butte, MT documenting the engineering effort to bring a dead ecosystem back to life.  He extensively documented the vast impacted areas prior to cleanup as a record, the waste excavation and storage process and the remediation and restoration procedures and techniques.

Mine Tailings Excavation

Reconstructing Silver Bow Creek

Berkeley Pit to Silver Bow Creek Tour

Mine Tailings Excavated and Trained to Repository

Environmental Damages

After 120 Years Life In Silver Bow Creek

E.P.A. Monitored Natural Recovery Contaminated Sediments (PCBs)

The National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA’s) Office of Research and Development (ORD) has been conducting research to develop methods and tools for the evaluation of monitored natural recovery (MNR) of contaminated sediments. This research is supporting a broad, national research effort focused on the remediation of contaminated sediments in U.S. waterways. This is a multi-year case study project carried out by ORD, specifically NRMRL and the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL), at the Sangamo-West/Twelvemile Creek/ Lake Hartwell Superfund Site in Pickens County, South Carolina. This site is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The methods and tools are comprised of quantitative approaches for characterizing naturally-occurring mechanistic processes that must be considered in managing risk using MNR as a remedy. The information developed in this project is expected to be used as a reference for site managers and Federal, State, and local regulators who may be considering MNR as a site remedy or monitoring the progress of MNR at a contaminated sediment site(s).  Todd Trigsted was contracted to document and produce educational videos explaining MNR foodweb collection protocols, tools, and techniques.

Florence Fulk – EPA Ecological Exposure Research Division – NERL

Lake Hartwell Hesterdendes Biomass Study

Lake Hartwell Clam Biomass Study

EPA’s Trish Erickson: Sediment Contamination Impacts

EPA’s Marc Mills: His Role as Project Manager of Entire MNR Field Work

Lake Hartwell Sediment Sedflume Coring

Spider Collection / Bio Mass Study

MNR Porewater Extraction Procedure

EPA’s David Walters:  Why Study Food Webs at Contaminated Sediment Sites?

EPA’s David Walters: What is the Extent and Magnitude of Ongoing Contamination

Sediment Core Surface Erosion Tension Study

EPA’s Mark Mills Discusses MNR Program

Lake Hartwell Contamination History

Lake Hartwell Minnow Biomass Study

About Monitored Natural Recovery

Stimson Lumber: Forestry

Stimson Lumber Employee Benefits

Stimson Lumber 40 Year Employment

Stimson Lumber Teamwork

Stimson Lumber Nitrogen Drop

Stimson Lumber Employee Health Benefits

Stimson Lumber Douglas Fir Processing Cycle

Lower Willamette River

Portland, Oregon

Portland Harbor Superfund:  Arkema, Inc. ~  Site History  (Text Source: Oregon DEQ)

Portland, Oregon SW Waterfront Changes

Constructing Tilikum Crossing Bridge

Willamette River Contamination:  Real V.S. Perceived Risk

Garlic Mustard Eradication

American Legion Magazine

I work with the American Legion as a video journalist to create heart-filled stories men and women who have bravely served our Country. Veterans tell share valuable stories of patriotism, brotherhood, loss, and the challenges to find equilibrium as a civilian.

I am the American Legion:  Diane Carlson Evans

I am the American Legion:  Bob Skinner

Actor Donal Logue Remembers Boys Nation

Quiet Crisis

I am the American Legion:  Sean Davis

I am the American Legion:  Ray Alkofer

Firsthand Perspective

USS Iowa Home At Last

Reviving Post 134


About Todd Trigsted

Todd Trigsted is a technical communication media specialist, an artist, and documentary filmmaker.  Because of his unique skill set, Todd offers clients unique storytelling content that is informative, visually stunning and intimately personal.  As corporations lean more and more on narrative storytelling for their internal and external communication messaging, they will find TT Strategic Media produced content perfectly suited to meet their communication goals and outreach objectives.  Todd earned his M.S. in Technical Communication when he created the U.S. EPA’s first public education multimedia production studio.  While earning his B.F.A he focused primarily on developing new communication methods that can be used to more effectively inform communities living with Superfund environmental issues.

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