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.