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Officials Hope South Dakota Geyser Will Help Fish Survive

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Officials hope that a torrent of water high above a South Dakota creek will help fish survive.
Black Hills National Forest officials opened a valve this summer to divert cold water from Sheridan Lake to sections of Spring Creek in hopes of improving the trout fishery. Officials closed the valve Thursday.
Black Hills National Forest Fisheries Biologist Steve Hirtzel says trout need cold water to survive, but temperatures in parts of the creek can rise in summer months during low-flow years.
Hirtzel says the water had stagnated because it was pulled from the bottom of Sheridan Lake, causing a sulfur smell. But he says the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and state Department of Natural Resources found the water safe after testing.

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