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DENR Announces New Sand, Gravel and Construction Aggregate Mining Website


The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announces a new sand, gravel and construction aggregate mining website. The site - http://arcgis.sd.gov/server/denr/conagg/ - allows visitors to find information on 519 construction aggregate licenses that have been issued to mine 20,769 acres at 1,638 pits. Site visitors can also see information on nearly 4,600 sites that have been licensed through DENR since 1983. For more, click on the map or visit DENR's Minerals and Mining site.


NRC Issues License to Powertech for Dewey Burdock Uranium Recovery Facility


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced in an April 8, 2014 press release that it has issued an operating license to Powertech USA for the Dewey Burdock uranium recovery facility in Fall River and Custer counties in southwestern South Dakota. For more...


DENR Co-hosting Free Brownfields Webinar on May 6


DENR is co-hosting a free Brownfields webinar at 10 a.m. on May 6 with South Dakota’s Planning Districts and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program at Kansas State University. The webinar is designed for community leaders, planners, consultants, and anyone interested in learning about Brownfields financial resources for local redevelopment. For more…


Finalists Named for 2014 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award


Finalists for the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors South Dakota landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources, have been announced. Finalists include Cronin Farms of Gettysburg, John and Donita Moes of Florence, Jorgenson Land and Cattle Partnership of Ideal and Rock Hills Ranch of Lowry. For more...


DENR Finalizing Biennial Surface Water Quality Report


DENR submitted the 2014 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in late March. EPA is reviewing the report for final approval. The biennial report integrates the contents of two reports required under sections 303(d) and 305(b) of the Clean Water Act. It is used by the state to identify impaired water bodies in South Dakota. For more information about the report, contact Shannon Minerich.


Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $41 Million for Environmental Projects


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $41 million in grants and loans for water and waste projects. The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre. For more...


Western States Water Council Supports States' Rights to Manage Missouri River

The Western States Water Council (WSWC), representing the governors of 18 western states on water policy issues, has written the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Corps' position on surplus water and storage on Missouri River Mainstem Reservoirs. The WSWC letter calls on the Corps to recognize and defer to the states’ legal right to allocate, develop, use, control, and distribute their surface waters, including but not limited to state storage and use requirements. To read the Aug 6, 2013 WSWC letter...


Governor Daugaard Opposes Corps Surplus Water Reports, Proposed Water Fees, and Reallocation Studies


Gov. Dennis Daugaard opposed in letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all of the Corps’ activities related to reallocation of and charging for surplus water taken from the Missouri River reservoirs. (see April 22, 2013 Corps presentation on Missouri River Municipal and Industrial Allocation study)


The Governor’s opposition includes the following reasons:


  • under this proposal, the Corps would control management of the water used for current and future municipal and industrial use. The ability for states to manage their own water supplies for the benefit of their citizens is a state’s right that has long been recognized by the federal government;
  • it is a state's right to have jurisdiction and access to natural flows through their state water right programs;
  • existing uses in South Dakota are less than the natural flows so the Corps has no jurisdiction or authority to charge for water used in South Dakota.


Upstream states have already paid a heavy price for the Missouri River reservoirs when more than 500,000 acres of our most fertile river bottom lands were permanently flooded.  To impose all reservoir operation and maintenance costs on upstream states alone adds insult to that injury.  Read the Governor’s entire letters:


DENR's Oil and Gas Initiative


The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is promoting exploration and development of South SD MapDakota’s oil and gas resources through its oil and gas initiative. A major component of the initiative is to make state-held information pertinent to the exploration and development of oil and gas resources searchable and readily available online. Click here or on the map to get started. For help using the interactive map, a slide show tutorial is available.


Therefore, DENR has developed an online, “one-stop shop” for oil and gas information which includes a searchable and interactive map. The map puts geologic information from 1,900 oil and gas holes, 62,245 water well completion logs, 34,350 drill holes, and 1,555 observation wells simply a click away. Online, searchable databases are available at the addresses listed on the fact sheet below.


Oil and Gas Initiative Fact Sheet

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