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Missouri River Mainstem Reservoirs
Releases of water from the Corps’ Missouri River mainstem reservoirs were cut back recently due to flooding events along Missouri river tributaries in Nebraska, Iowa and eastern South Dakota. Since inflow to the reservoirs is greater than outflows, reservoir levels have been rising. However, reservoir levels are all within the flood storage of the reservoirs and do not pose immediate concern. As of July 1, 2014, downstream flood waters are subsiding, and reservoir operations are returning to normal July operations and flows.
Missouri River Mainstem Reservoirs -- Corps Links of Interest:
Inflow, outflow and elevations
Flow release order
Bakken/Williston Basin Crude Oil Rail Shipment Notifications
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an order on May 7 to all railroad carriers transporting in a single train 1 million gallons or more of crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in the Williston Basin. The DOT order requires that railroad carriers notify the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for each state about the expected movement of such trains.
- U.S. DOT emergency order (Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0067) http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/emergency-order
- Frequently Asked Questions on DOT’s May 7, 2014 Emergency Order Regarding Notification to Communities of Bakken Crude Oil Shipments http://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/Details/L05237
- Canadian Pacific - June 3, 2014 http://denr.sd.gov/des/gw/SARATitleIII/CP3June.pdf
- BNSF Railway Company - June 6, 2014 http://denr.sd.gov/des/gw/SARATitleIII/BNSFRR6June.pdf
- BNSF Railway Company - June 13, 2014 http://denr.sd.gov/des/gw/SARATitleIII/BNSFRR13June.pdf
South Dakota Lake Level Measurements
The 2014 spring lake level measurements are now available for viewing here! Each spring and fall DENR measures elevations on about 150 lakes to provide a historical record of lake level fluctuations. The elevations do not reflect the annual high and low elevations but they do provide a good idea of the range of elevations occurring over time. An interactive graph showing the elevations is available for each lake. These measurements may potentially be useful to individuals pursuing recreational interests or lake shore development.
Storm Response Information
For those experiencing storm-related conditions, here are some links to information that may be helpful.
Department of Health's Flood Response page: http://doh.sd.gov/Flood/
Storm debris disposal: http://denr.sd.gov/des/wm/wmp/documents/Flood_debris.pdf
Asbestos removal: http://denr.sd.gov/des/wm/wmp/documents/asbestos_damaged_homes.pdf
Drinking water well disinfection: http://doh.sd.gov/Flood/Water.aspx
Septic systems: http://denr.sd.gov/des/fp/documents/floodseptic.pdf
Fuel storage tanks flood guide: http://www.epa.gov/oust/pubs/ustfloodguide.pdf
Gov. Daugaard Announces $8.8 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $8.8 million in grants and loans for water and waste projects. For more...
DENR Surface Water Body Report
DENR's 2014 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment is the first state report approved in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 and one of the first two state reports approved nationwide. The biennial report integrates the contents of several reports required under the Clean Water Act and is used by the state to identify impaired water bodies in South Dakota.