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
Status: Completed

Bedrock Groundwater Levels for Selected Wells located in Western Pennington County

Bedrock Groundwater Levels for Selected Wells located in Western Pennington County

Date published: September 11, 2017
Status: Completed

Crow Creek Surface-Water Quality Study

Project Period: 2009-2011
Cooperators: Crow Creek Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Project Chief: Joyce Williamson

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

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Satellite showing how fire scar is no longer present.
September 16, 2018

Cottonwood Fire, 2016

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.

September 11, 2018

An Introduction to Suomi-NPP NASA VIIRS Data Products

This video provides an introduction to new land data products from the joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) satellite sensor aboard the Suomi-National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP). The Suomi-NPP NASA VIIRS data products discussed in the

Satellite image showing how there is damage due to beetles in the Black Hills.
September 8, 2018

Beetle Damage in the Black Hills

Mountain pine beetles are about the size of a grain of rice, so of course we can’t see them from space in satellite images. What is visible is what the beetles can do to a pine forest. The washed-out pink color indicates large areas of standing dead or damaged trees.

September 7, 2018

Image of the Week - Lake Thompson

Many lakes in South Dakota’s Prairie Pothole Region are expanding. 

Lake Thompson in eastern South Dakota is one that has displayed remarkable change in recent decades.

Each week, the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center highlights a new satellite image(s) featuring striking changes in the Earth's surface. Our images come from locations

August 20, 2018

AppEEARS

This short video provides a quick look at the Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AppEEARS). AppEEARS provides a simple and efficient way to subset, transform, and visualize geospatial data distributed from a variety of federal archives. AppEEARS can be accessed by visiting https

Satellite image showing the lake size from 1972 until present.
August 11, 2018

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Many lakes in South Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region are expanding. Lake Thompson in eastern South Dakota is one that has displayed remarkable change in recent decades.

Verification of Reference Elevations at USGS streamgage in SD
July 19, 2018

Verification of Reference Elevations at USGS streamgage in SD

Student hydrologic technician Jackie Eldredge holding the rod over one of the known reference points 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

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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.

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USGS
October 5, 2015

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.

USGS
August 25, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA will honor their 25-year science partnership and ongoing advancements in land remote sensing at a ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Thursday.

Image: Pallid Sturgeon
July 30, 2015

Three tiny fish larvae that were captured by U.S. Geological Survey scientists in May 2014 have just been confirmed to be pallid sturgeon. These new genetic identifications add to mounting evidence that critically endangered pallid sturgeon spawned successfully in the Lower Missouri River downstream of Gavins Point Dam, South Dakota.

USGS
July 27, 2015

New wind energy facilities placed in prime wildlife habitat in North and South Dakota can influence the distribution of several species of grassland birds for years after construction, including species whose populations are in serious decline.

USGS
July 15, 2015

The drainage of small wetlands can decrease wildlife habitat and may contribute to flooding in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS
July 13, 2015

Wetland channels constructed in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota, effectively reduced many pollutants in stormwater runoff, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report.

USGS
May 26, 2015

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.

Image: Road Overflow at White River Near Oglala
May 18, 2015

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

USGS
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.

Image: Invasives Williston
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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