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Welcome to the Dakota Water Science Center.  In 2016, the South and North Dakota Water Science Centers were combined into a single Science Center.  Here you will find water-related information including the science conducted and the data collected from across the Dakotas.  If you have any questions or have difficulty finding anything, please contact us for assistance.

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Current Dakota Water Conditions

Current Dakota Water Conditions

Explore real-time Dakota streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions and access data with our interactive map.

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Science at DWSC

Science at DWSC

The Dakota Water Science Center collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on North and South Dakota's water resources.

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News

Date published: April 11, 2018

Public Invitation: The Scoop on Western South Dakota’s Vital Water Resources

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 19, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Date published: February 6, 2018

ND Water Quality Conference

March 6-8, 2018 at the National Energy Center of Excellence located on the campus of Bismarck State College in Bismarck, ND.

Publications

Year Published: 2019

Delineation of selected lithologic units using airborne electromagnetic data near Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, began a study in 2013 to better understand the effects of drought stress on the Cedar River alluvial aquifer. After an evaluation of the existing groundwater-flow models for the alluvial aquifer, a plan was begun to construct an updated groundwater-flow model capable of...

Valder, Joshua F.; Haj, Adel E.; Bristow, Emilia L.; Valseth, Kristen J.
Valder, J.F., Haj, A.E., Bristow, E.L., and Valseth, K.J., 2019, Delineation of selected lithologic units using airborne electromagnetic data near Cedar Rapids, Iowa (ver. 1.1, February 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3423, 2 sheets, 9-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3423.

Year Published: 2018

Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota

This report describes an interactive tool (NDakGWtool) in which a statistical model is developed using locally weighted regression to estimate monthly mean groundwater elevations for a specified latitude and longitude, referred to as the “user-specified location.” For each user-specified location, seven models are developed for each month from...

Nustad, Rochelle A.; Damschen, William C.; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Nustad, R.A., Damschen, W.C., and Vecchia, A.V., 2018, Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1185, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181185.

Year Published: 2018

Quality-assurance plan for groundwater activities, U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center

As the Nation’s principal earth-science information agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is depended upon to collect accurate data and produce factual and impartial interpretive reports. Methods for data collection and analysis that were developed by the USGS have become standard techniques used by numerous Federal, State, and local agencies...

Valder, Joshua F.; Carter, Janet M.; Robinson, Steven M.; Laveau, Christopher D.; Petersen, Joel A.
Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., Robinson, S.M., Laveau, C.D., and Petersen, J.A., 2018, Quality-assurance plan for groundwater activities, U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1103, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181103.