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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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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: March 22, 2019

Media Advisory: USGS Crews Measure Record Flooding in Southeastern South Dakota

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists in the Sioux Falls area on Monday, March 25, or Tuesday, March 26, as they measure flooding? Please contact Jennifer LaVista, Marisa Lubeck or Chris Laveau.

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.

Publications

Year Published: 2019

Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Hydraulic conductivity estimates were made for 15 observation wells using slug-out (rising-head) tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as part of a cooperative study with the City of Sioux Falls to characterize the hydrogeology and the extent of the Big Sioux aquifer north of the city. Well and aquifer data were collected...

Eldridge, William G.; Medler, Colton J.
Eldridge, W.G., and Medler, C.J., 2019, Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux Aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5013, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195013.

Year Published: 2019

Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota

Water levels in lakes and wetlands in the central North Dakota Missouri Coteau region that were either dry or only sporadically held water since before the 1930s have been rising since the early 1990s in response to an extended wet period. The lakes have remained full since the mid-1990s, which has provided benefits to migratory waterfowl,...

Lundgren, Robert F.; York, Benjamin C. ; Stroh, Nathan A. ; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Lundgren, R.F., York, B.C., Stroh, N.A., and Vecchia, A.V., 2019, Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5007, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195007.

Year Published: 2019

Stochastic model for simulating Souris River Basin regulated streamflow upstream from Minot, North Dakota

The Souris River Basin is a 24,000 square-mile basin in the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada, and the State of North Dakota in the United States. Above-average snowpack during the winter of 2010–11, along with record-setting rains in May and June of 2011, led to record flooding that caused extensive damage to Minot, North Dakota,...

Kolars, Kelsey A.; Vecchia, Aldo V.; Galloway, Joel M.
Kolars, K.A., Vecchia, A.V., and Galloway, J.M., 2019, Stochastic model for simulating Souris River Basin regulated streamflow upstream from Minot, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5155, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185155.