Spring Creek

Efforts To Clean Spring Creek Move Forward

Oct 13, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Spring Creek looks much like any other stream in the Black Hills, it meanders through serene meadows and drops into a steep walled canyon.
But Spring Creek is different.    Water quality monitoring in recent years shows levels of fecal coliform and E. coli bacteria above the EPA threshold for swimming.    The pollution may come from both human and animal waste entering the stream.

Pollution Persists On Spring Creek

Aug 25, 2014

If you were thinking about swimming in Spring Creek between Hill City and  Sheridan Lake -- don’t.

Spring Creek in the Black Hills feeds Sheridan Lake–and for the past few years this upper section of stream has tested positive for e-coli bacteria.   So far the lake itself has remained at safe levels.  

E-coli is an indicator of possible pollution from human or animal waste – and in Spring Creek there are high enough concentrations to exceed the EPA’s threshold for safe swimming.  

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

166 Polluted Rivers, Lakes, And Streams In SD

Apr 4, 2014

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.