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Press Release for 2017 Conference New
Call for Speakers - Closed
Call for Posters - Closed

Congratulations to our 2017 student poster contest winners:

  • 1st place - Ashley Preston (SDSM&T)
  • 2nd place - Emily Stickney (SDSM&T)
  • 3rd place (tie) - Lilly Jones and Colton Medler (SDSM&T)

Call for Vendors - Closed

Hotel information
Registration - Closed
2017 Final Program pdf icon - last updated March 12, 2017
2017 Field Trip Information -
  • Tour of Mid Continent Testing Labs, Rapid City, SD
  • Gilt Edge Mine Superfund site, Lead, SD
  • Smarter stormwater: thinking outside the box (culvert) for urban drainage management, Rapid City, SD
NewPhoto gallery - includes photos from 2017

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 -- Marie Peppler, Office of Surface Water and National USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, "The Flood Water Buffet: A Delightful Spread of USGS Recent Flood Studies and Tools"

photo of Marie Peppler

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

photo of Bill Werkheiser

  • 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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