Bad Water In The Black Hills

Dec 10, 2013
Charles Michael Ray / SDPB

This year officials in the Black Hills issued several water quality alerts warning the public about high levels of fecal bacteria in a small section of Spring Creek.   The bacteria exceeded EPA thresholds for swimming.  

For some, the pollution found in Spring Creek is a red flag that the Black Hills needs to do better at protecting its water quality over the long term.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray continues our series “The State of Our State” with a two part story on the efforts to maintain water quality in the Black Hills.

If you’re over the age of twenty-five and are thinking about starting or going back to college, you’re not alone. Education officials say more and more non-traditional students are enrolling in the state’s higher-education facilities. Here we take a look at how the infrastructure of higher education is keeping up with the growing demands of non-traditional students in South Dakota.

The phrase, “I’m forty and I have homework.” may sound a bit amusing but education officials say non-traditional students are making a comeback in South Dakota and across the nation.