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.