Surface Water Quality Program



Kelli Buscher



Contact Information

Staff Directory

2014 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Awards

2014 Integrated Report

Construction Storm Water General Permit

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is in the process of reissuing the General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities. The General Permit expired January 31, 2015 and has been administratively continued. The current permit coverage will remain in full force and effect until the Department reissues a new General Permit. To continue your coverage under the reissued General Permit, the Notice of Intent (NOI) Reauthorization form shall be submitted to SDDENR. 


NOI- Notice of Intent for Reauthorization Form (fillable online or download PDF)


To terminate your coverage under the General Permit, the Notice of Termination (NOT) shall be submitted.


NOT- Notice of Termination Form (fillable online or download PDF)


Surface Water Quality Standards


On January 12, 2015 the Suface Water Quality Standards rule chapters 74:51:01, 74:51:02, and 74:51:03 were updated and can be viewed here.

Please note the following link will take you to the Legislative Research Council’s Administrative Rules page.

Article 74:51

What we do:

The primary responsibilities of the Surface Water Program are:


  • regulate (permit) and monitor discharges of wastewater;

  • establish surface water quality standards; and

  • conduct routine monitoring of surface water to ensure the state's natural resources are protected.