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Lesterville Drinking Water Issue


DENR staff recently responded to a drinking water emergency in Lesterville, where sample results showed a presence of tetrachloroethylene, also known as PCE, at a level nearly 22 times the drinking water standard of 5 parts per billion. PCE is a chemical typically used in the dry cleaning and textile industries as well as industrial photo of Lesterville drinking water sample being collectedsolvents. The presence resulted in a temporary ban on all use of the town’s water except for flushing of toilets. Bottled water was delivered door-to-door, a portable shower house was set up, and local officials opened an emergency operations center to manage the situation. The ban was lifted after two days when sample results showed no detection of PCE. DENR will continue to investigate for a PCE source. Additional periodic samples will be collected to see if the contamination resurfaces. Sample results returned Tuesday, Oct. 14, continued to show no detection of PCE in Lesterville’s drinking water.


Staff Attend SDSU Fall Career Fair


DENR staff attended the Fall Career Fair at South Dakota State University in Brookings on Oct. 7. The fair had record-breaking attendance with 104 photo of SDSU Career Fair 2014companies present. The department's booth saw a steady flow of students, including 35 interested in summer internships, five graduating seniors potentially interested in a full-time engineering position as they become available and two individuals interested in an environmental scientist position.


Gov. Daugaard Announces $5 Million for Environmental Projects

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Sept. 26 that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved nearly $5 million in grants, loans and principal forgiveness for water and waste projects. For more...


Staff Attend SDSM&T Career Fair


photo of SDSM&T Career FairDENR staff attended the Fall Career Fair at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on Sept. 24. There were over 150 employers attending, including 38 employers from South Dakota. The event gave students an opportunity to learn about DENR, and many expressed interest in joining our team of committed professionals as summer interns or in full-time positions.


DENR Staff Assist at Water Festival


Several DENR staff members participated in the South Dakota Discovery Center’s annual water festival on Sept. 23. The annual event for local fourth graders provides a wealth of information related to area water resources. The festival is funded in part through a grant from DENR. photo of Discovery Center annual water festivalStudents learned about ground water, the Missouri River Aquifer, how different types of materials make up an aquifer, what people look for when siting a new well, the importance of water and water pressure for fire fighters and how water molecules move through the water cycle. Another exhibit with special ties to DENR is Gene’s Pond. Memorial money from past DENR staff member Gene Stueven was used to fund an exhibit showing a variety of local wildlife and their interactions with the water. Pictures of seven different animals and their associated tracks around a pond are painted onto large sheets. Students discuss what the tracks tell them and how each animal uses water differently.


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.