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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Planning Begins for Wastewater Treatment System

Current wastewater treatment evaporation lagoons.
Current wastewater treatment evaporation lagoons in Wind Cave National Park.
NPS Photo
February 21, 2002

Tom Farrell, 605/745-1130

Wind Cave National Park Superintendent Linda Stoll announced today that the park is initiating a planning process to correct problems with the park’s current wastewater treatment system. The current system consisting of three total containment evaporation lagoons has filled to capacity three times in the past twelve years and the system is projected to reach maximum capacity by 2005.

Alternatives currently under review include relocating and improving the existing lagoons, building a wastewater treatment plant in the park, or connecting into the city of Hot Springs’ system. During this early planning phase, the park is requesting public input regarding the alternatives being considered, issues or concerns related to each of the proposed alternatives, and any new alternatives that should be considered. Please send your comments to Wind Cave National Park Superintendent, RR 1 Box 190, Hot Springs SD 57747.

Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.