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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: December 10, 2020

Bakken Shale unconventional oil and gas production has not caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination to date in groundwater used for water supply

A new USGS study reports that shale-oil and -gas production from a major production area in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota has not caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination to date in nearby aquifer zones used for drinking-water supply.

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

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.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Estimating flow-duration statistics and low-flow frequencies for selected streams and the implementation of a StreamStats web-based tool in Puerto Rico

Daily mean streamflow data from 28 U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging stations in Puerto Rico with 10 or more years of unregulated or minimally affected flow record through water year 2018 were used to develop regression equations for flow duration and annual n-day low-flow statistics. Ordinary least-squares and generalized least-squares...

Williams-Sether, Tara
Williams-Sether, T., 2021, Estimating flow-duration statistics and low-flow frequencies for selected streams and the implementation of a StreamStats web-based tool in Puerto Rico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5054, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215054.

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Delineating the Pierre Shale from geophysical surveys within and near Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Center, investigated the use of surface geophysical methods to delineate the top of the Cretaceous Pierre Shale along survey transects in selected areas within and near Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. Two complementary geophysical methods—electrical...

Medler, Colton J.; Anderson, Todd M.
Medler, C.J., and Anderson, T.M., 2021, Delineating the Pierre Shale from geophysical surveys within and near Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3474, 3 sheets, 16-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3474.

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Year Published: 2021

Borehole analysis, single-well aquifer testing, and water quality for the Burnpit well, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial (hereafter referred to as “the memorial”), in western South Dakota, is maintained by the National Park Service (NPS) and includes 1,278 acres of land in the east-central part of the Black Hills. An ongoing challenge for NPS managers at the memorial is providing water from sustainable and reliable sources for...

Eldridge, William G.; Hoogestraat, Galen K.; Rice, Steven E.
Eldridge, W.G., Hoogestraat, G.K., and Rice, S.E., 2021, Borehole analysis, single-well aquifer testing, and water quality for the Burnpit well, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5059, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215059.