“The Madison and Minnelusa aquifers are two of the most important aquifers in the Black Hills.” – United States Geological Survey …. read more.
Save the Dates
On Thursday, July 4th we’ll have a “HALT uranium mining – PROTECT OUR WATER” float in the Hot Springs parade. Set up is 9:00 to 9:30am on Coldbrook Avenue behind Evans Plunge (see the map). More details will be coming on what to look for as we line up. … more details.
Volunteers are needed to help at the Mni Ki Wakan World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit. The event will be on August 13 – 15, 2019, at the Ramkota hotel in Rapid City, with satellite camping at Bear Butte Lodge. Volunteers are needed from August 12 – 16 at both locations. Activities may include driving airport vans, setting up and taking down campsite, first aid (must have training), recording people’s stories, and helping in the conference center. Please volunteer for a shift, a day, or the conference. E-mail email@example.com to volunteer to help out — and meet water protectors from around the world.
PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW.
ORGANIZATION SEEKS GOLD EXPLORATION INFORMATION:
APPEAL OF FOREST SERVICE DECISION FILED … More info here
Recent interview on South Dakota Public Broadcasting: “Water in the Black Hills: What do we need to know – and do—to care for our water resources now and into the future?
04/30/2019 | 55m 19s “Water in the Black Hills: What do we need to know – and do—to care for our water resources now and into the future? We will review the hydrology of the Black Hills, examine natural and human stressors on water resources, identify agencies and organizations working on the issue, and explore the importance of our involvement to ensure quality water resources for the future.
Urgent: Another gold exploration company has come to the Black Hills.
THE THREAT: It is named F3 GOLD EXPLORATION, working with Big Rock Exploration, and it is from Minnesota. … Read more
Our Alliance is a diverse collection of citizens concerned about the health, environmental, and economic impacts that irresponsible mining projects would have on our communities, people, economy, and natural resources.
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REVIEW OF LITERATURE ON CONNECTIONS BETWEEN RAPID CREEK AND OTHER WATER SOURCES: IMPLICATIONS FOR GOLD MINING-RELATED ACTIVITY IN THE RAPID CREEK WATERSHED
“Complex interactions between Rapid Creek and ground water occur between Pactola Reservoir and central Rapid City. Streamflow losses west of Rapid City recharge aquifers in the Madison Limestone and Minnelusa Formation, and artesian springflow from these aquifers occurs in several locations in Rapid City.” … Download Research Paper to Learn more
What Legacy are you creating?
Rivers at Risk: S.D. waterways serve as dumping grounds for human, industrial, ag wastes
A struggle over a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota — far from population centers — illuminates important aspects of water issues, Native American rights, deep disposal wells, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role, and the legal issues swirling around them all. Uranium mining is an issue of national importance, because it is the first step in the nuclear chain. Without uranium mining, there could be no nuclear power or nuclear weapons. But the issues start with water. … Read more
The Infamous 1872 Mining Law: Reform Bill Introduced
New efforts to reform the 1872 Mining Law, which is the law that permits companies to mine on federal public lands without paying any royalties. There’s more information on the and on the reform effort here — Mining Reform Bill Introduced on Anniversary of Infamous 1872 Law.
Grijalva-Lowenthal proposal would bring U.S. mining law into the 21st Century. …Read more
COURT OF APPEALS RULES FAVORABLY IN URANIUM CASE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision on Friday, July 20, in the case Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Court’s decision supports the Tribe’s arguments and is an important step in protecting the Black Hills from uranium mining. Read More.
STOP GOLD MINING EXPLORATION: PESLA UNDER ATTACK
“Save Rochford and Rapid Creek” Group seeks to protect a precious Black Hills water source from gold exploration drilling and future gold mining. The central Black Hills group is opposing a gold exploration operation that would be at the headwaters of Rapid Creek and near an important Lakota Sacred site known as PeSla. The group has started a GoFundMe account that will help pay for outreach materials such as flyers, artwork, and mailings. Your donation will help defend against this outrage to the environment, forestall the company receiving additional permits to explore, make a template for future resistance, or even force the Forest Service to do an Environmental Impact Statement, which it has so far chosen not to do. Wopila! [thanks given to all existence and the blessing inherent in each moment of it] Look for us on FB, @saverochford
Toxic Uranium Mining was stopped once before in the Black Hills. We can do it again. Click on this 1980s bumper sticker to learn more.