Press Releases

MEDIA ADVISORY – February 1, 2022


Contact: Lilias Jarding, Ph.D. 605-787-2872 –

Black Hills Clean Water Alliance has identified and mapped thousands of active mining claims on federal lands in the Black Hills region. The results of this research highlight the vast extent of potential mining projects, as well as the modern gold rush that threatens Black Hills water, health, wildlife, and our recreation and tourism economy.

The latest maps and the highlights of this research will be shared at a Press Conference on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the conference room at the Dakota Rural Action office at 2650 Jackson Blvd. Enter the parking lot from Sheridan Lake Road – the building entrance faces Storybook Island. Once you enter the building, turn left to the conference room.

According to the Bureau of Land Management database, about 148,000 acres in the Black Hills are under either active or filed claims, and the active claims cover a total of about 230 square miles.

Read More – See Maps below.