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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Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

Water standing in low-lying areas on the flood plain of Battle Creek on August 19, 2007. A system of severe thunderstorms on August 17, 2007, caused heavy precipitation and flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD.

Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

A system of severe thunderstorms on August 17, 2007, caused heavy precipitation and flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD. Several raods in the Hermosa area were damaged by the flood.

Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

These homes in the Hermosa, SD, area were moved from their foundations during the August 17, 2007, flood. A system of severe thunderstorms on August 17, 2007, caused heavy precipitation and flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD.

Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

Standing water in the Hermosa area on August 19, 2007. More than 10 inches of rain in 3 hours were reported during the system of severe thunderstorms on August 17, 2007, that caused flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD.

Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

The railroad grade near Hermosa was breached during the August 17, 2007, storm that caused heavy precipitation and flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD.

Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

Several homes were damaged during a system of severe thunderstorms on August 17, 2007, that caused heavy precipitation and flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD.

Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

Utility pole near Hermosa, SD, was bent during a system of severe thunderstorms on August 17, 2007, that caused heavy precipitation and flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD.

Image: Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota
August 19, 2007

Aftermath of 2007 Hermosa Flood, South Dakota

Flood debris along Highway 79 near Hermosa, SD, on August 19, 2007. A system of severe thunderstorms on August 17, 2007, caused heavy precipitation and flash flooding in and near Hermosa, SD.

Image: Algae Sampling in Rapid Creek near Rapid City, SD
May 9, 2007

Algae Sampling in Rapid Creek near Rapid City, SD

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologists preparing periphyton algae samples from rocks collected in Rapid Creek.

December 31, 2006

Jay Feuquay Memorial

A 2006 memorial for former Land Imaging Program Director Jay Feuquay.

December 31, 2004

2004 Tsunami

A video on USGS EROS monitoring of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
 

December 31, 2002

Featured Films and Shorts

A video about the 30th Anniversary of USGS Landsat.