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Rock Creek and its many uses

A woman walks Yingst Road May 8 in Jerome County. Rock Creek flows into the Snake River about a mile west of here.

For decades, Rock Creek Canyon was a home for raw sewage. In 1962, a sewer treatment plant opened in Twin Falls, but the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality still estimates that about 30 open sewers still flow into Rock Creek today.

But Magic Valley residents aren’t quite ready to give up on Rock Creek Canyon. Quite the opposite. As the area has become a recreational destination for many, including anglers, rock climbers and hikers, residents are trying to turn around the canyon’s reputation and appearance.

Watch for reporter Mychel Matthews’ story and photography package Thursday at Magicvalley.com and Sunday in the Times-News.

And see more of the Times-News’ best reporting now at Magicvalley.com/bigstory.

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