Rapid Creek Watershed Action Official Launches




CONTACT: Rapid Creek Watershed Action 605-484-8840

A Press Conference on Tuesday, June 16, will launch Rapid Creek Watershed Action (RCWA), a new coalition whose goal is to create a federally-designated recreation area in the Rapid Creek watershed upstream from Rapid City in the Black Hills.  The watershed includes Pactola Reservoir, Deerfield Reservoir, Rochford, Pe’ Sla, Mystic, Castle Creek, Johnson’s Siding, Dark Canyon, and points in between.

The Press Conference will be at 11:30 am in the northeast part of Sioux Park.  Go to the junction of Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake Drive.  Immediately to the west is the intersection of Dakota Drive and Canyon Lake Drive.   At the intersection, go south into the parking lot.  We will be on the east side of the parking lot, between the picnic shelter and the Creek.  Members of the coalition will bring recreation equipment to symbolize the outdoor activities they enjoy in the future recreation area and will hold banners.  A statement will be read, and there will be time for the press’s questions.

The Goal of Rapid Creek Watershed Action (RCWA) is to have the federally-controlled surface and subsurface lands within the Rapid Creek/Castle Creek watershed upstream from Rapid City designated as a national recreation area and subject to a mineral claim withdrawal.  

Eight organizations are currently part of the RCWA coalition.  Other organizations and businesses are welcome to become partners in this effort. 

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