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ABOUT THE SOUTH DAKOTA Water Science Center

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Water Resources of South Dakota


Welcome to the USGS Web page for water resources in South Dakota. Here, you will find information on South Dakota's rivers and streams. You will also find information on groundwater, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of streamgages in South Dakota, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.


  • NewUSGS Water Web Services Showcase: This Web page features examples of public sites and applications for mobile devices.


  • NewGroundwater and Drought: Groundwater is among the Nation's most important natural resources. It provides half our drinking water and is essential to the vitality of agriculture and industry, as well as to the health of rivers, wetlands, and estuaries throughout the country. Droughts can significantly impact the Nation's groundwater resources while the drought is occurring and for some time afterward. Understanding groundwater, surface water, and the integrated nature of the hydrologic system enables resource managers and policy makers to better prepare for and respond to drought. The USGS provides groundwater data and information that resource managers and policy makers can use to prepare for and respond to drought.


  • NewStreamStats for South Dakota: StreamStats is a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) that provides users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering design applications, such as the design of bridges. StreamStats allows users to easily obtain streamflow statistics, drainage-basin characteristics, and other information for user-selected sites on streams. StreamStats users can choose locations of interest from an interactive map and obtain information for these locations. Separate applications have been established for each State that has implemented StreamStats, such as South Dakota.


  • NWIS Mapper: Are you looking for a new way to access water data? This interface provides a map view of the locations of sites with USGS water data. Simply zoom into your area of interest, select your site types using the checkboxes provided, and click on your site. For more information on how to use NWIS Mapper visit http://wdr.water.usgs.gov/nwisgmap/instructions.

Realtime Streamflow

Stream gage levels in South Dakota, relative to 30 year average.
Colors based on percentile classes

Current Activities

Project Highlights

Black Hills Area Floods Since 1877

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Weather Service, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation have cooperated on compiling a chronology of flood events in the Black Hills area that have occurred since 1877. The Black Hills area of western South Dakota has a history of damaging flash floods that have resulted primarily from exceptionally strong rain-producing thunderstorms, such as the 1972 flood that claimed the lives of 238 people and the more recent 2007 flood in the Hermosa area. Many other notable floods have occurred in the Black Hills area since settlement of the Black Hills in the late 1800s. These notable floods include the 1883 flood in Deadwood, the 1907 flood in the Piedmont area, the 1924 flood in the Belle Fourche area, and the 1937 flood in the Hot Springs area. The project Web site provides the chronology of flood events that are documented in some way since 1877 in newspapers, books, photographs, and technical reports.

Railroad grade near Hermosa was breached during a flood on August 17, 2007 The purpose of the flood compilation is to provide documentation and a context for the frequency and relative magnitude of historical large floods in the Black Hills area. The improved knowledge of flooding in the Black Hills area will be used to aid in the application of paleoflood survey techniques that is being performed by the USGS in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

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Featured Publication

The report "Conceptual Model of the Uppermost Principal Aquifer Systems in the Williston and Powder River Structural Basins, United States and Canada" was completed with support by the U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Resources Program. This report describes general groundwater flow, precipitation recharge, interaction of groundwater and surface water, and groundwater withdrawals for the principal aquifer systems in each basin. The report is available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5055/.


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USGS in the News

Featured Videos

Missouri River Streamflow Trends

This video shows an author interview with Parker Norton on the Missouri River streamflow trends report (U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5053). This video also is available on YouTube.

Ice breakup at South Fork Grand River near Cash, SD

This video of ice breakup on the South Fork Grand River near Cash, SD, was filmed on March 11, 2014. Note how the water surges up onto the bank. This video also is available on YouTube.

 

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