Black Hills Water Contamination Highlights Concerns

Aug 9, 2013

Fecal bacteria found in a prominent Black Hills stream is raising concerns over water quality in Western South Dakota.

Spring Creek feeds Sheridan Lake in the Black Hills. The upper reaches of the stream above the lake have tested positive for pollution. So far Sheridan Lake itself remains safe for swimming.

Levels of bacteria in Spring Creek above Sheridan Lake exceed the EPA safety threshold for swimming.   The pollution led the Pennington County Emergency Management office to issue a public warning against recreation in part of the stream.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports the public can now track pollution levels on-line.

A link to the Pennington County Emergency Management Office website with areas of Spring Creek that require public health warnings can be found here