EPA Superfund Program: WHITEWOOD CREEK, WHITEWOOD, SD

Superfund Site Profile

The Whitewood Creek site covers an 18-mile stretch of Whitewood Creek in Lawrence, Meade and Butte counties in South Dakota. Since the 1870s, gold mining operations in the area included the discharge of millions of tons of mine tailings to the creek. These mine tailings settled along the Whitewood Creek floodplain, contaminating soil, groundwater and surface water with heavy metals. Following cleanup, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1996.


SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
Yes (09/25/1992)
Human Exposure
Status

Under Control
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
Yes