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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.
DENR Accepting Comments on Draft Surface Water Quality Report
DENR is accepting comments on the draft 2014 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment through March 10. The biennial report integrates the contents of two reports required under sections 303(d) and 305(b) of the Clean Water Act and must be submitted by April 1 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The report 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 $4.82 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $4.82 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater and watershed projects. 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:
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:
- August 27 letter for the Corps at their public meeting in Pierre
- October 4 letter about Corps proposed reallocation studies
- October 9 letter about Corps draft surplus water reports
- August 6, 2013 Western States Water Council Letter in Support of States' Rights to Manage Missouri River
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is promoting exploration and development of South Dakota’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.