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Press Release for 2016 Conference
Call for Speakers - Open - Download/view instructions pdf icon - Deadline January 22, 2017
Call for Posters - Open - Download/view instructionspdf icon - Deadline January 22, 2017

Congratulations to our 2016 student poster contest winners:

  • 1st place - Kyle Hazelwood (SDSM&T)
  • 2nd place (3-way tie) - Alex Boger (SDSU), Ashley Preston (SDSM&T), and Kelsey Murray (SDSM&T)

Call for Vendors - Open - Download vendor registration form pdf icon- Deadline March 6, 2017

Hotel information
Registration - Closed - Will open in early February 2017
2017 Program - TBD
Field Trip Information - April 7, 2017 - TBD

NewPhoto gallery - includes photos from 2016

Program and Abstracts from previous conferences:


Theme: "Feast and Famine: Floods and Droughts"

South Dakota map showing drainage in the western part of state.
Conference: April 6, 2017
Field trips: April 7, 2017

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
444 Mt. Rushmore Road

Rapid City, South Dakota


  • The John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecture -- William Werkheiser, Deputy Director for U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

photo of Bill Werkheiser

  • Invited Speaker - Brad Rippey, USDA Meteorologist, Washington, D.C., "Drought and Flood Monitoring: Finding the Missing Pieces"
  • 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 7 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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