Comments Sought on Replacing Campground Water System
April 06, 2005
Tom Farrell, 605-745-4600
Wind Cave National Park is initiating the planning process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to replace the deteriorating water system serving the Elk Mountain Campground and nearby picnic area.
Superintendent Linda L. Stoll said, “The existing campground water system was constructed in 1964 and consists of a 4800-foot transmission line from an existing water reservoir connecting to over a mile of distribution line in the campground and picnic areas. After 41 years in the ground, the deterioration of the galvanized steel piping has resulted in many leaks, nonfunctional valves, and noted deficiencies for fire protection.”
Alternatives currently being considered include: 1) replacing failed components of the existing water system as needed, 2) replacing the water distribution lines in the campground and picnic area in their existing alignment but only replace failed valves and control cable along the transmission line, leaving the old water main in service, or 3) replacing the water transmission line on a new alignment to the campground that parallels an existing Black Hills Power & Light electrical distribution line. All three alternatives include replacing 6500 feet of water distribution lines in the campground and picnic area in their existing alignment.
Superintendent Stoll added, “We are seeking comments to help us determine the scope of the issues surrounding this project. The comments we receive will be used to develop a range of alternatives to be addressed in the EA. We are hoping to begin the project in 2007.”
Written comments can be mailed to Superintendent, Wind Cave National Park, RR 1 Box 190, Hot Springs, SD 57747 or sent via e-mail by visiting the website www.parkplanning.nps.gov and following the links for Wind Cave National Park.
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