Politics poison local water board

No funding from the West Dakota Water Development District (WDWDD) board for two headwaters stream gauges that monitor quantity of water flow from the Madison aquifer in the hills, one of Rapid City’s water sources. State law SDCL 46A-3A-1.1 states: “Water development districts shall promote the conservation, development, and proper management of district water resources … and shall serve as a district-wide clearinghouse authority for water quality and supply projects through technical, organizational and financial assistance to prospective and existing project sponsors …”

Others who rely on data from these gauges include: NOAA, SD DENR, Pennington County Emergency Management, City of Rapid City Water Division/Public Works, Rapid Valley Irrigation District, SDSMT, fly fishing groups and the public. State law instructs the board to spend the money on “supply projects” (two stream gauges) through “financial assistance” ($14,785 already collected from taxpayers) to “existing project sponsors” (USGS).

The U.S. Geological Survey website states that monitoring of the gauges at Rhoads Fork and Castle Creek will be discontinued in the event of “lack of partner funding.” Legally, the USGS must share costs with a partner. WDWDD has partnered with USGS for decades. WDWDD’s legally defined purpose is about water, not political grandstanding.

Gena Parkhurst

Rapid City

Drivers dangerous near soccer fields

It's nice to have the new soccer fields, but the drivers of the cars are very careless and inconsiderate of other drivers. When we are driving near the fields with horse trailers or tractor trailer trucks, these people pull out in front of us and we can't stop on a dime. Then they drive below the speed limit while on their cellphones.

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Someone could get killed and it is their fault. Though at great inconvenience, when we see people at the fields we drive around them. Sometimes that's five miles out of our way. But  it's safer than taking a chance with their careless driving. SDCL Section 32 states impeding the flow of traffic is against the law. Maybe more law enforcement presence is what we need. If that is what it takes to protect them from their careless driving then I'm all for it.

You people who drive in and out of these soccer fields please be patient and use common sense when driving your vehicles

James Cummings

Rapid City

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