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Our Dakota Water Science Center priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices.

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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 8, 2019

Public Invitation: Learn the Latest on Your Water Resources in the Dakotas

News media and the public are invited to a free meeting about critical South Dakota-area water issues on Thursday, April 11, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Date published: April 5, 2019

Media Advisory: USGS Crews Measure Record Flooding in Fargo

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding in and near Fargo, North Dakota? Please contact Dave Ozman, Marisa Lubeck or Chris Laveau.

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.

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Stormwater quality of infrastructure elements in Rapid City, South Dakota, 2016–18

As runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building roofs), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment, and other contaminants that can adversely affect water quality if the runoff discharge remains untreated. Pathogens, commonly measured using fecal indicator bacteria such as Escherichia coli,...

Hoogestraat, Galen K.
Hoogestraat, G.K., 2020, Stormwater quality of infrastructure elements in Rapid City, South Dakota, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5004, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205004.

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Year Published: 2020

Water-balance techniques for determining available soil-water storage for selected sandy and clay soil study sites in Cass County, North Dakota, 2016–17

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, collected field and remotely sensed data on precipitation, evapotranspiration (ET), and soil-water content to determine available soil-water storage (AWS) at six study sites on sandy and clay soils in Cass County, North Dakota...

Vining, Kevin C.
Vining, K.C., 2020, Water-balance techniques for determining available soil-water storage for selected sandy and clay soil study sites in Cass County, North Dakota, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5141, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195141.

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Year Published: 2019

Groundwater characterization of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Jewel Cave National Monument in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota has more than 200 miles of mapped cave passages and several subterranean lakes that have been discovered since 2015. Jewel Cave is one of the world’s longest known caves and its natural beauty and unique natural cave features led U.S. President Theodore...

Valder, Joshua F.; Carter, Janet M.; Wiles, Michael E.; Heimel, Sierra M.
Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., Wiles, M.E., and Heimel, S.M., 2019, Groundwater characterization of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3072, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193072.