Protect Pactola - No Drilling or Mining in Jenny Gulch
Protect Rapid City's water and the beauty of the Black Hills
We are a grassroots organization committed to protecting our environment, our water supply, our recreation areas, and one of the crown jewels of the Black Hills.
Mining exploration in the Silver City, Jenny Gulch, and Sunnyside Gulch region of the Black Hills is not acceptable. Rapid Creek is the source for Pactola Reservoir and this proposed activity in this watershed will not be tolerated.
Recovery of any mineral resources in this watershed will jeopardize Pactola reservoir and Rapid City's water supply.
The Issues and Details
Minneapolis Based F3 Gold, LLC seeks to drill test holes in Jenny Gulch - they are looking for gold and will then sell the mining rights.
Our goal is to prevent any exploration or mining in this beautiful, ecologically sensitive, valuable resource.
80+ private water wells
Nesting site for Ospreys
Trailhead for Centennial Trail & Trail 40
Volunteer fire department with no industrial spill training
A gem of the Black Hills
One primary access road that residents must use to travel to their homes
Rapid Creek & Pactola Reservoir
80% of Pactola is designated for drinking water usage by the City of Rapid City, Boxelder, and Ellsworth AFB for drinking water.
20% of Pactola is designated for irrigation purposes.
Inflow to Rapid Creek
Prime trout fishery with brown and brook trout spawning beds
Largest lake in the Black Hills
What Can You Do?
Submit a Comment to the Mystic Ranger District
Provide comments without emotion or unnecessary name-calling, no cursing, no language that would cause you to be dismissed or not taken seriously.
Explain your use of the public lands and why you consider yourself a stakeholder
Enumerate points of concern, with logic to back up why. Cite science or law when you can. Points that are clearly articulated will really help, have someone review your comment and make sure you have good spelling, and grammar.
Provide an alternate solution if possible.
Make a Donation
We would like to purchase some billboard advertising to raise public awareness. If you are interested in sponsoring a billboard contact us today.
Volunteer Your Time
Are you a hydrologist, mining engineer, geo-technical expert, or botanist who is willing to provide expert testimony against this proposal?
Share with your friends
Awareness is key in any campaign. Our goal is 10,000 comments in opposition to the project. Ask your friends and family to submit a comment in opposition to the project.
Partner with Us
Help us spread the word or invite us to speak to your organization to grow awareness.