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: November 7, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1921 to 1930

Black Hills Area Floods - 1921 to 1930

Date published: November 2, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 2000 to 2009

Black Hills Area Floods - 2000 to 2009

Date published: October 26, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1961 to 1970

Black Hills Area Floods - 1961 to 1970

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Date published: October 26, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1931 to 1940

Black Hills Area Floods - 1931 to 1940

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Date published: October 25, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1901 to 1910

Black Hills Area Floods - 1901 to 1910

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Date published: October 25, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1941 to 1950

Black Hills Area Floods - 1941 to 1950

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Date published: October 24, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1951 to 1960

Black Hills Area Floods - 1951 to 1960

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Date published: October 24, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1911 to 1920

Black Hills Area Floods - 1911 to 1920

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Date published: October 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1981 to 1990

Black Hills Area Floods - 1981 to 1990

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Date published: October 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1971 to 1980

Black Hills Area Floods - 1971 to 1980

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Date published: October 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1891 to 1900

Black Hills Area Floods - 1891 to 1900

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Date published: October 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1991 to 2000

Black Hills Area Flooding - 1991 to 2000

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Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

Kristi Sayler speaks at LCMAP workshop
November 7, 2018

Kristi Sayler at LCMAP workshop

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center scientist Kristi Sayler speaks to participants in a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection in Sioux Falls, SD. 

USGS EROS researcher Roger Auch presents at an LCMAP workshop
November 7, 2018

Roger Auch Presentation at LCMAP Workshop

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center scientist Roger Auch presents on Land Change in the Piedmont Ecoregion at a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Photo of validation presentation at LCMAP workshop
November 7, 2018

LCMAP Workshop - Validation

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center contractor Bruce Pengra presents on LCMAP validation during a workshop in Sioux Falls, SD.

Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock at LCMAP workshop
November 6, 2018

Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock at LCMAP workshop

Texas Tech University's Zhe Zhu and Boston University's Curtis Woodcock at a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Group photo of participants in 2018 LCMAP workshop
November 6, 2018

LCMAP Workshop 2018 Group Photo

Group photo of participants in a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

USGS scientists gathered around a computer at an LCMAP workshop
November 6, 2018

USGS EROS Scientists at LCMAP workshop

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center scientists Heather Tollerud, Terry Sohl, Jennifer Rover and Jon Dewitz use the LCMAP Timeseries Analysis and Plotting Tool (TAPTool) during a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection in Sioux Falls, SD. 

USGS EROS researchers participate in an LCMAP workshop
November 6, 2018

LCMAP workshop participants

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center contractors Suming Jin, Patrick Danielson and Kelcy Smith use the LCMAP Timeseries Analysis and Plotting Tool (TAPTool) during a November 2018 workshop in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Participant in LCMAP workshop looks at computer screen
November 6, 2018

LCMAP Workshop Computer

South Dakota State University Extension Office Senior Ag Research Technician Brad Richardson uses the LCMAP Timeseries Analysis and Plotting Tool (TAPTool) at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

October 31, 2018

EROS in Action - CoNED with Dean Gesch and Jeff Danielson

USGS/EROS Physical Scientist Dean Gesch and USGS/EROS CoNED Applications Project Chief Jeff Danielson discuss the Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED), its acquisition and its uses.
 

October 16, 2018

Image of the Week - Cottonwood Fire

October 16, 2018, marks the two-year anniversary of the Cottonwood Fire in western South Dakota. The fire consumed a large swath of grassland near the community of Wall and just north of Badlands National Park.

Thanks to low relative humidity, and high winds and temperatures, the fire spread quickly. It burned 41,360 acres by the time it was 100 percent contained

Staff Gage for Streamgage 06431500, Spearfish Creek at Spearfish, SD
October 2, 2018

Staff Gage for Streamgage 06431500, Spearfish Creek at Spearfish, SD

Staff gage for Spearfish Creek at Spearfish, SD (USGS streamgage 06431500). This site was established as a U.S. Geological Survey streamgage on October 9, 1946, and is operated in cooperation with South Dakota Department of Natural Resources. More information on this streamgage is available at 

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USGS
November 15, 2017

Conference: April 19, 2018 
Field trips: April 20, 2018 

Artist concept of Landsat 8
November 8, 2017

Monitoring our changing planet is critical to supporting a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. Observing the Earth from space offers unprecedented levels of data and a holistic view, which enables scientists to detect the most critical trends in natural resource conditions at local and global scales.

High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
June 16, 2017

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 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

USGS
March 27, 2017

Earth as Art, a U.S. Geological Survey traveling exhibit that merges art with dramatic Landsat imagery of the earth’s surface, is coming to Bismarck for the month of April. This display is free and open to the public.

Image: Redwater River, South Dakota
March 27, 2017

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 6, in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

USGS
February 22, 2017

Joyce E. Williamson, a native of South Dakota and a South Dakota School of Mines and Technology alumna, was selected as the director of the newly formed U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center. Williamson is located in the center’s Rapid City, South Dakota, office. 

Map of Northern High Plains Aquifer
December 13, 2016

A new U.S. Geological Survey publication and model can be applied by multiple entities to better understand flow, quantity, sources and sinks of groundwater in the Northern High Plains Aquifer, which covers approximately 100,000 square miles across Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.

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