Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference

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LATE START: registration begins at 9:30AM, program begins 10:30AM

Conference: April 11, 2019
Field trips: April 12, 2019

Schedule- Updated April 9, 2019

Program and Abstracts- Updated April 4, 2019


Photos and abstract books from previous conferences can be found under the Multimedia tab above.

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
444 Mt. Rushmore Road 
Rapid City, South Dakota


  • The John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecture - David R. Montgomery– “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”
    • David R. Montgomery is an author and geomorphologist from the University of Washington who looks at the process shaping Earth’s surface and how they affect ecological systems—and human societies. David was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2008, and has authored a series of books on soil health and conservation.
  • Student Poster Contest
  • Evening Social with FREE refreshments
  • Open to students/general public at no charge
  • Choice of FREE field seminars/trips on April 12th for conference attendees

Organized by:

  • National Weather Service

  • RESPEC Consulting & Services

  • South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

  • U.S. Geological Survey

  • West Dakota Water Development District

Congratulations to our 2018 student poster contest winners: 

  • 1st place - Navanietha Krishnaraj
  • 2nd place - Fleford Redoloza
  • 3rd place (tie) - Michaela Halvorson and Gorky Dutt

Accommodations- No rooms have been reserved at any hotels for this conference. Four hotels closest to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center are given in alphabetic order:

  • The Rushmore Hotel (605-348-8300) at 445 Mt. Rushmore Road.

  • Alex Johnson Hotel (605-342-1210) at 523 6th Street.

  • Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites (605-737-4656) at 950 North Street.

  • Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn (605-348-4000) at 505 N. 5th Street and is next door to the Civic Center.