To the Editor,
Have you heard? South Dakota’s extended forecast is for drought. Water will be important.
Have you heard? Powertec/Azarga is seeking approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two permits. One will use 8,500 gallons of water per minute from the Inyan Kara aquifer, water used by families in the area. The other is for depositing uranium mining waste directly into the Minnelusa aquifer, also a water source for area families. And like all our aquifers, the Minnelusa is not self-contained. Naturally occurring fractures allow it to communicate with neighboring aquifers, one of which is the Madison, a primary source of drinking water for Rapid City.
Our farmers and ranchers and gardeners can grow our food. We can’t grow water. We can make our food, but we can’t make water. But we can make our voices heard in opposition to these permits on May 8-9 at Rapid City Ramkota, and May 10 at Hot Springs Mueller Center, both 1:00-8:00 p.m. We need to demand that our irreplaceable water be protected. Everything that contributes to a healthy way of life for all of us, including our children and grandchildren, depends on it.