Folks gather at Dahl Arts Center in support of World Water Day

RAPID CITY S.D. (KEVN) - The public gathered at the Dahl Arts Center for a concert celebrating fresh water Saturday night. Folks were able to walk around and participate in a silent auction to raise money as well as tune into musicians and poets.

Underlying it all, individuals learning how to protect water in the Black Hills from current mining threats and other potential projects. Dakota Rural Action and the Clean Water Alliance says they want to address potential impacts going throughout the state.

Bruce Ellison, attorney and member of Dakota Rural Action & Clean Water Alliance, says "We turn on that tap and we drink the water, we make meals with water, we grow crops, it's getting to be springtime, our farmers are planting, gardeners are planting, grasses are coming up for livestock. We've just got to decide if this is what we want our future to be or whether we want it to be an area where there are toxic spills that threaten really all of our entire existence."

Ellison says tonight's funds will go towards litigation on the KXL Pipeline, the EPA, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a mine in the southern hills, but most importantly tonight was about celebrating the essence of water to life.