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Press Release for 2015 Conference
Call for Speakers - Closed
Call for Posters - Closed

Congratulations to our 2015 student poster contest winners:
1st place (3-way tie) - Brian Freed, Mackenzie Kester, and Kelsey Murray


Call for Vendors - Deadline March 7, 2016 - Vendor registration form pdf icon

Hotel information
Registration - Open - Registration form pdf icon- Early-bird registration deadline is April 7, 2016
2016 Preliminary Program - Available pdf icon - Updated on February 1, 2016
Field Trip Information - April 8, 2016 - See second page of registration form (above) for details and field trip registration.
    1. Tour or new Rapid City Water Treatment Facility and Cleghorn Springs Fish Hatchery
    2. Walking tour of 1972 flood area

NewPhoto gallery - includes photos from 2015
Program and Abstracts from previous conferences:
2003pdf || 2004pdf || 2005pdf || 2006pdf || 2007pdf || 2008pdf || 2009pdf|| 2010 || 2011pdf|| 2012pdf|| 2013pdf|| 2014pdf|| 2015pdf


Theme: Water, Food, and Energy—Connections, Challenges, and Solutions

South Dakota map showing drainage in the western part of state.
Conference: April 7, 2016
Field trips: April 8, 2016

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
444 Mt. Rushmore Road

Rapid City, South Dakota


  • The John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecture -- Dr. James Stone, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, "Food/Energy/Water Nexus Challenges and Potential Solutions for the Northern Great Plains"


  • Keynote speaker -- Mr. Don Blankenau, Blankenau Wilmoth Jarecke LLP, "Interstate Water Litigation: Challenges and Solutions through Present Cases"
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    • Keynote speaker -- Dr. William Alley, National Ground Water Association, "Challenges in Groundwater Assessment for Agriculture and Energy Development."
    • Student Poster Contest
    • Poster Session & Evening Social with FREE refreshments
    • Open to students/general public at no charge
    • Choice of FREE field seminars/trips on April 8 for conference attendees - details forthcoming

    Organized by:

    • National Weather Service
    • RESPEC Consulting & Services
    • South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
    • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • West Dakota Water Development District

    Comments and questions?


    Janet Carter
    U.S. Geological Survey
    1608 Mt. View Road
    Rapid City, SD 57702
    Phone: 605 394-3215

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