Dakota Water Science Center


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Date published: May 2, 2016

Fireworks Likely Caused Water Contamination at Mount Rushmore

Past fireworks displays are the probable cause of elevated concentrations of a contaminant called perchlorate in groundwater and surface water within Mount Rushmore National Memorial, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report.

Date published: April 26, 2016

South Dakota Scientists Help Restore Water in Armenia

South Dakota-based scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey are helping to restore a depleted aquifer and build in-country expertise for managing groundwater in the Ararat Basin of Armenia. 

Date published: March 29, 2016

Media Advisory: Public Invitation: April 7 Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 7, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Date published: March 14, 2016

Protecting Water in the Red River: There’s a Map for That

A new, interactive tool can help managers make critical water-quality decisions in the Red River Basin of the United States and Canada.

Date published: February 24, 2016

Modeling the Mouse: Future Flood Risk for the Souris River

The Souris, or Mouse, River Basin is currently in a wet climate period and will be at high flood risk for some time, according to a scientific model published today by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: December 15, 2015

Climate the Main Cause of Increasing Streamflow in Eastern South Dakota

Increased precipitation is the primary cause of rising streamflow in many eastern South Dakota streams, according to arecent U.S. Geological Survey report.

Date published: October 14, 2015

Birds in the Bakken: Oil Development Can Affect Critical Habitat

Many grassland bird species in the Bakken shale region, including some seriously declining populations, are displaced from their habitats as a result of oil and gas development, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Date published: October 5, 2015

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s SCIENCE! Aquifer Mapping Project Begins This Week

The City of Sioux Falls and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are conducting a state-of-the-art groundwater survey this fall. Beginning this week, CGG Canada Services, who is under contract with the City, will begin flying a helicopter over the Big Sioux Aquifer to collect, record, and map its geophysical measurements.

Date published: May 26, 2015

Local Scientist Receives Prestigious Mentoring Award

Aldo V. (Skip) Vecchia, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist, will be awarded the 2015 Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award for his outstanding efforts mentoring junior staff.

Date published: May 18, 2015

USGS Streamgages Measure Major Flooding in South Dakota

U.S. Geological Survey streamflow gages are recording major flooding on the White River and Cheyenne River as the result of recent snow and rain.  Field crews are measuring streamflow on the White River and the Cheyenne River and minor flooding at various sites throughout western South Dakota

Date published: March 24, 2015

Media Advisory: Public Invitation: What’s the Status of Water in South Dakota?

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting and field trips about South Dakota water issues on April 15 and 16 in Rapid City.