- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has received a $50,000 grant from a nonprofit group to improve water quality and fish habitat in the Black Hills.

The donation from Black Hills Fly Fishers for Pactola Basin Improvements will help GF&P; complete a project immediately below Pactola Reservoir.

Ten engineered structures of trees, root wads and boulder placement are helping to restore and improve habitat conditions in Rapid Creek. The structures are designed to withstand flows up to 500 cubic feet per second and continue working during low-flow periods to provide protection and holding areas for trout.

Black Hills Fly Fishers has also committed $35,000 to assist with Phase 2 of the Pactola Basin project and another $35,000 to assist with a project in Spearfish Creek.

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