Controlling erosion and protecting water quality: Dan Driscoll receives Rapid City’s Sustainability Award
Work to limit erosion began in May of 2021
Deep gullies with check dams and brush intended to trap sediment
Erosion-control socks were used to (1) prevent wind damage to edges of erosion-control mat and (2) stabilize soil and encourage vegetation growth on a partially vegetated slope.
Geothermic evidence shows as much as 2 feet of soil eroded in some places
The 5 acre parcel donated to Rapid City for future development of city park
The Purpose of the work is to minimize sediment transported in storm water runoff
View of slope prior to topsoiling, seeding, and installation of erosion-control mat.
Volunteers spreading topsoil, prior to installation of erosion-control blanket.
Winter wheat was used as a nurse crop for the grass seed. Erosion-control socks and yard waste were used to treat the steep head cut uphill from the erosion-control blanket.
Work done through volunteer hours and help from Parks & Rec Department
Work to limit erosion corrdinated by West Dakota Water Development District
RAPID CITY, S.D.– A project to control erosion is recognized by Rapid City’s Sustainability Committee at Monday night’s Common Council meeting. This year’s award is going to Dan Driscoll for his work on erosion control in central Rapid City. The project was initiated in 2021 by the West Dakota Water Development District and focuses on the north slope of Star Village. That five-acre parcel, west of East Boulevard is considered to be one of the most challenging for erosion in the city. The goal of the project is to improve water quality in Rapid Creek by minimizing sediment transported in stormwater runoff.
Rapid City Sustainability Award presented for erosion control project in central Rapid City:
The project was started in May of 2021 under the direction of Dan Driscoll from West Dakota Water Development District. The area north of Star Village has had as much as two feet of soil eroded in many places according to geothermic evidence. The parcel was recently gifted to Rapid City by a private landowner for development as a future city park. To date, the efforts there coordinated by West Dakota have been man-powered through volunteers in combination with some time contributed by Rapid City Parks and Recreation.