Organizers plan Rapid City March for Science

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Community members are mobilizing for the annual "March for Science" next Sunday in Rapid City.

Several organizers came together on Saturday afternoon to make signs for the march. Rapid City will host one of hundreds across the world. Organizers of the march hope to raise awareness about the environmental impact of gold and uranium mining in the Black Hills. They also want to raise awareness about recent proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

2017's March for Science in Rapid City had around 500 attendees. Sarah Keppen, one of the organizers for the march, hopes for this year's march to be even bigger.

"Our representatives both locally, statewide and nationally don't seem to understand the importance of the envionment and science, and local scientists and why they're so important, and so people want a way to channel that energy and the march just seems like the best way to do that."

The march will start on April 22 around 8:00 a.m. at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and will follow a path through downtown and the bike trail. The march will end at the Earth Day festivities at the 4-H building at the Central States Fairgrounds.

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