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March 26, 2014
Janet Carter 6053943215
Mark T. Anderson 6053943220

Public Invitation: Western South Dakota Water Conference with Keynote Lectures

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The public and media are invited to attend a free conference about critical South Dakota water issues on April 9 in Rapid City. The John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Thomas Loveland of the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Data Center, will deliver “Landsat 8: A Sharper Eye in the Sky” during the luncheon. The lead-off keynote speaker, Michael Campana of Oregon State University, will present “Integrated Water-Resources Management—The Emperor’s New Clothes or Indispensable Process?”


The 12th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting will allow a variety of scientists, students, and other interested individuals to meet and exchange ideas, discuss mutual issues, and present the results of studies. Sessions include presentations about in-situ mining, water-resources management, ecosystems, climate, groundwater, and erosion.  


WHAT:           12th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting


WHEN:           Wed. April 9, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


WHERE:        Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

                    444 N. Mount Rushmore Rd., Rapid City MAP              

DETAILS:      Free to the public and students with an optional $20 lunch. Professional registration fees are $100. For engineers who wish to obtain credit for professional development, credits are available for technical sessions attended.

REGISTER:   All attendees, including students and the general public, are asked to register before April 2 by visiting the conference website or by contacting Janet Carter at 605-394-3215 or

The annual conference typically draws more than 350 attendees. Additional details regarding the preliminary program are available from the conference website.

The conference is organized by the USGS, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Dakota Engineering Society, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and West Dakota Water Development District.

For additional information about the USGS water-resources studies in South Dakota visit the USGS South Dakota Water Science Center home page.

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