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166 Polluted Rivers, Lakes, And Streams In SD

A report submitted by state officials to the EPA cites 166 lakes and streams in South Dakota as polluted or impaired.   The bodies of water fail to meet government standards for clean water.

Most of the polluted waters in South Dakota are due to non-point sources such as livestock waste.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story on the work to deal with the causes of this contamination and a new citizen volunteer effort to monitor water quality in South Dakota. 

Black Hills residents who want to take part in Dakota Water Watch can find more information here.

Here is more information on Dakota Water Watchin East River.   

Here is information on the Spring Creek Watershed Project.

Dakota Water Watch is conducting its training program in the Black Hills area during the second week of April.  

The first is at the Community Lutheran Church (705 S. Newton Ave.) in Hill City on Thursday, April 10th from 5pm until 8pm.

The second is at the Lions Building on the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City (800 San Francisco St., Rapid City, SD 57701) from 9am until 12pm on Saturday April 12th.

Please RSVP by calling  Jeremy Hinke at (605) 688-6611 or via email at

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