SD DENR: Belle Fourche Pollutants Shouldn't Alarm
by KDLT News
April 30, 2013 7:22 PM
State environmental officials say excessive levels of E. coli, ammonia and chloride in water samples from the Belle Fourche River watershed in Wyoming shouldn't cause alarm in South Dakota.
South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources officials say that the pollutants detected are typical of the kind of water-quality issues that Wyoming and South Dakota face in prairie rivers that catch runoff from cities, towns and agricultural lands.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality recently released results of testing done on the Belle Fourche River in two spots near Keyhole Reservoir and two of the river's tributary streams.
Scientists in Wyoming say the creeks flow through Gillette and likely collect urban pollutants there, while the river is more likely to receive agricultural pollutants.