South Dakota Water Science Center
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
Water Resources Discipline
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the Nation's largest earth-science agency and has the principal responsibility within the Federal government for providing hydrologic information and for appraising the Nation's water resources.
The water resources of South Dakota consist of numerous streams, springs, lakes, and aquifer systems. Continuous streamflow is measured at about 150 locations. Continuous water-level data are published for 7 observation wells and measured at 60 additional wells. Water quality is sampled at over 34 locations, and water-use data are collected throughout South Dakota.
These hydrologic and other data are used in research and hydrologic studies to describe the quantity, quality, and location of South Dakota's water resources. The collection, analysis, and interpretation of these data are done in cooperation with other federal, state and local agencies, universities, and research centers.
Water activities in South Dakota are based at USGS offices in Rapid City, Huron, and Pierre. Addresses and contact information for these offices are: