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Press Release for 2018 Conference
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 - Open - download registration form pdf icon
Deadline March 16, 2018

Hotel information
Registration - Open - download registration form pdf icon - Student/general public registration free - see form for details
2018 Program - Tentative program pdf icon (last updated April 6, 2018)
2018 Field Trip Information - download registration form pdf icon - the following options are available (more details on registration form):

  • Tour of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus and laboratories
  • Rapid Creek in-stream fish habitat improvement projects (FULL!)
  • Jewel Cave National Park geology tour (FULL!)
  • Orchard Meadows Subdivision drainage improvements
NewPhoto gallery - includes photos from 2017

Program and Abstracts from previous conferences:


South Dakota map showing drainage in the western part of state.
Conference: April 19, 2018
Field trips: April 20, 2018

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
444 Mt. Rushmore Road

Rapid City, South Dakota


  • The John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecture --Jeff Crockett, City of Rapid City Water Superintendent,
    "Colorado Springs Utilities Water Treatment Section Response to the Waldo Canyon Fire"
  • 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 20 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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