Preserve dark skies

I hope the City Council will restudy the downtown lighting and consider becoming a Dark Sky Compliant City. Forty years ago here in Chapel Valley on a moonless nigh you could easily see the beauty of the Milky Way.

This is no longer true and I miss its cosmic splendor.

The International Dark Sky Association web site has a number of suggestions and recommendations about how to use LED lighting that may help.  LED lighting  lasts longer, is more efficient therefore costing less to operate and at the same time gives better lighting but  still can preserve dark skies.

With our excellent city planners, it should be possible to find a way to better lighting and darker skies.

Willis Sutliff, Rapid City

 

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