Feed-stream into Castle Creek, which is a part of the Rapid Creek Watershed. Photo by Top Dog Publishing.
Drink a glass of water. Appreciate where it comes from. Know that its sweet, clear goodness is threatened by gold exploration here in the Central Black Hills.
Then do something important — but easy — for Earth Day. Take our Earth Day Challenge!
First, if you already signed our petition - THANK YOU!
NEXT, take our Earth Day Challenge and get one, two, three, or four of your friends or family members to also sign by sending them this link (via email, snail mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, what have you.) Click. Post. Share. Repeat. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
It's one small click for human kind, but a giant leap for the Rapid Creek Watershed. Enjoy and appreciate our water that comes from this precious watershed.
Need more information about RCWA?
The Rapid Creek Watershed Action (RCWA) launched this campaign in June, 2020 to have federally managed surface lands in the upper Rapid Creek watershed designated as a recreation area, subject to mineral claim withdrawal.
We need to demonstrate local support for this action by presenting thousands of signatures to our Congressional delegation. Sign here. and then share.
This small (198,000 acres) but special place is ground zero for gold mining exploration and production that have consistently resulted in water contamination problems over the years.
This designation is small. But it is critical.
The watershed includes sites sacred to the Oceti Sakowin and other Indigenous Nations.
It is the source of drinking water for Rapid City, Ellsworth Air Force Base, rural towns, and beyond.
It provides irrigation and water for agriculture and ranching along Rapid Creek and the Cheyenne River.
It is an economic driver of our tourism economy.
It not only sustains wildlife populations, but also provides sustenance for local people who use it for recreation, food, and the well-being that comes with our access to the wild country of the Northern Great Plains. The time we spend in the Black Hills teaches and restores us. Regardless of where we live, the Black Hills is special to us all, We are sustained by the knowledge that we are helping to protect healthy environments and that wild lands remain.
Thank you for taking on this Earth Day Challenge, if you choose to accept it. : )