Unified Interior Regions

South Dakota

Surface water and groundwater provide important water supplies in South Dakota. Major rivers include the Big Sioux, James, Cheyenne, and Missouri Rivers. Key aquifers include the Dakota, Madison, Minnelusa, and Big Sioux aquifers. The Dakota Water Science Center has many studies that focus on these resources as well various other national and international studies. 

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Date published: September 11, 2017

Chemistry of Uncontaminated Alluvial Deposits of the Cheyenne and Belle Fourche Rivers, South Dakota

Project Period: 2009-10
Cooperators: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Project Chief: John Stamm

Contacts: John Stamm
Date published: September 11, 2017
Status: Active

Missouri River Bank Erosion on the Lower Brule Reservation

Project Period: 2011- ongoing
Cooperator: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe
Project Chief: Ryan Thompson

Date published: September 7, 2017

Application of Paleoflood Survey Techniques for the Black Hills of South Dakota

Project Period: 2008-2010
Cooperators: South Dakota Department of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, West Dakota Water Development District, City of Rapid City
Project Chief: Dan Driscoll

Date published: September 7, 2017

Analysis of Ground-Water Resources in the Aberdeen area

Project Period: 2007-2010
Cooperator: City of Aberdeen
Project Chief: Larry Putnam

Date published: September 7, 2017

Stormwater Monitoring in Rapid City

Project Period: 2008-current
Cooperator: City of Rapid City
Project Chief: Galen Hoogestraat

Date published: September 6, 2017

Hydrologic Information for Evaluation of Reservoir Management Strategies for Sheridan Lake to Enhance Fish Habitat in Spring Creek

Project Period: 2007-2008
Cooperator: South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Project Chief: Dan Driscoll

Date published: September 6, 2017

Madison Aquifer Study in the Rapid City Area

Project Period: 2000-2008
Cooperator: City of Rapid City
Project Chief: Larry Putnam

Date published: September 6, 2017

National Rivers and Streams Assessment in South Dakota

Project Period: 2008-2009
Cooperator: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Project Chief: Kathy Neitzert

Date published: September 6, 2017

Statewide Flood-Frequency Analyses for Streamflow Gaging Stations in South Dakota

Project Period: 2002-2008
Cooperator: South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Chief: Dan Driscoll

Date published: September 6, 2017

Sensitivity of Ground Water to Contamination in Lawrence County, South Dakota

Sensitivity of Ground Water to Contamination in Lawrence County, South Dakota

Date published: September 6, 2017

Rosebud Sioux Tribe and U.S. Geological Survey Collaboration for Groundwater Flow Modeling of the Ogallala and Arikaree Aquifers

Project Period: 2006-2009
Cooperators: Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Project Chief: Andy Long

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Reading Elevation of a Known Reference Point in SD
July 19, 2018

Reading Elevation of a Known Reference Point in SD

Hydrologic technician Kammy Durham reading the elevation of a known reference point at streamgage 06404998, Grace Coolidge Creek near Game Lodge near Custer, SD. One step in ensuring consistent streamflow data is verifying that the reference elevation at the streamgage stays consistent and that any changes are documented. All of the USGS streamgages have multiple reference

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June 30, 2018

Daily Operations of Landsat 7

What it takes each day to keep Landsat 7 operating smoothly. Hear the stories from inside the L7 Mission Operation Center.
 

Water-Quality Sampling at Ellsworth Air Force Base
June 28, 2018

Water-Quality Sampling at Ellsworth Air Force Base

Hydrologic Technician Kammy Durham collecting water-quality samples from a well at Ellsworth Air Force Base for analysis.

Groundwater-Level Measurement at Ellsworth Air Force Base
June 28, 2018

Groundwater-Level Measurement at Ellsworth Air Force Base

Student hydrologist Todd Anderson assisting with water level measurements and purging of a well at a research location at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The groundwater level is measured and the well is purged prior to collecting water-quality samples from wells.

Groundwater-Level Measurement at Ellsworth Air Force Base
June 27, 2018

Groundwater-Level Measurement at Ellsworth Air Force Base

Student hydrologist Wyatt Tatge assisting with water level measurements and purging of a well at a research location at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The groundwater level is measured and the well is purged prior to collecting water-quality samples from wells.

Discharge Measurement on Moreau River near Faith (06359500)
June 26, 2018

Discharge Measurement on Moreau River near Faith (06359500)

Hydrologic technician Sarah Davis preparing for a discharge measurement of the Moreau River near Faith, SD (streamgage 06359500). Sarah is ensuring that the meter and weight enter into the river properly. During high flows, the USGS uses a tractor to assist in the discharge measurement where other technology like acoustics will not work due to the high sediment within the

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Discharge Measurement on Moreau River near Faith (06359500)
June 26, 2018

Discharge Measurement on Moreau River near Faith (06359500)

Hydrologic technicians Sarah Davis and Jackie Eldredge preparing for a discharge measurement of the Moreau River near Faith, SD (streamgage 06359500). During high flows, the USGS uses a tractor to assist in the discharge measurement where other technology like acoustics will not work due to the high sediment within the stream and where a heavy weight is needed to keep the

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June 2018 Flow on Elk Creek near Rapid City, SD (06425100)
June 21, 2018

June 2018 Flow on Elk Creek near Rapid City, SD (06425100)

USGS Hydrologic Technician Kammy Durham measuring discharge of Elk Creek near Rapid City, SD (streamgage 06407500), to capture peak flow after heavy rains during the week of June 18, 2018. The flow at this streamgage was 81 cubic feet per second on June 21, 2018. USGS staff collect streamflow information (discharge, river stage, and high water marks) on a regular basis and

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June 2018 Flow on Spring Creek near Keystone, SD (06407500)
June 21, 2018

June 2018 Flow on Spring Creek near Keystone, SD (06407500)

USGS Hydrologic Technician Kammy Durham measuring discharge of Spring Creek near Keystone, SD (streamgage 06407500), to capture peak flow after heavy rains during the week of June 18, 2018. The flow at this streamgage was 69 cubic feet per second on June 21, 2018. USGS staff collect streamflow information (discharge, river stage, and high water marks) on a regular basis

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Verification of High Water Mark on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD
June 20, 2018

Verification of High Water Mark on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD

On June 20, 2018, hydrologic technician Kammy Durham verified the high water mark on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD (streamgage 06436180) after the watershed received about 2 inches of rain the previous evening. Streams in the Black Hills of western South Dakota can rise and fall quickly in response to rain.

Discharge Measurement on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD
June 20, 2018

Discharge Measurement on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD

On June 20, 2018, hydrologic technician Kammy Durham measured a discharge of 209 cubic feet per second on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD (streamgage 06436180) after the watershed received about 2 inches of rain the previous evening. Streams in the Black Hills of western South Dakota can rise and fall quickly in response to rain.

Water Sampling Locations Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake
June 8, 2018

Water Sampling Locations Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake

Water-quality sampling locations on Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake in Rapid City, SD.

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March 24, 2015

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.

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March 23, 2015

The presence of non-native plant species is significantly greater adjacent to oil well pads than in non-developed areas of the Williston Basin, according to a first-of-its-kind U.S. Geological Survey study for this area.

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December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, is awarding nearly $400,000 to universities and other partners.

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December 16, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2013, and 2011 to 2013.

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September 2, 2014

A U.S. Geological Survey streamgage will be dedicated by Congressional and city officials on September 3 in Rapid City. This showcase streamgage is located on Rapid Creek at Rapid City in Founders Park and will provide visitors with critical information about how streamflow is measured and other water-resource issues related to floods, droughts, water supply and recreation.

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July 28, 2014

Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends. 

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June 19, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on the Big Sioux River and its tributaries in South Dakota.

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March 26, 2014

The public and media are invited to attend a free conference about critical South Dakota water issues on April 9 in Rapid City. The John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Thomas Loveland of the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Data Center, will deliver “Landsat 8: A Sharper Eye in the Sky” during the luncheon.

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