(SD)-USFS, NPS Reach Deal On Water Permit For Polygamous Compound
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service have dropped their opposition to a controversial religious group's request to double the amount of water it can use at its Southern Black Hills compound near Pringle.
Seth Jeffs, brother of imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, says the group needs to draw more water from the Madison aquifer for orchards, gardens and animals.
The Rapid City Journal reports the Forest Service and Park Service earlier this month came to an agreement with the sect under which they withdraw opposition to the water request in exchange for terms and conditions such as reports on water usage.
The compound still faces other opposition from neighbors and others who think the water request might signal that the compound plans to expand.
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