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What is a Discharge Monitoring Report?

The following graphic shows a blank DMR.
Clicking on specific sections of the DMR will take you to an explanation of that section.

Instructions - Additional instructions are available on the back of the DMR if you need further assistance. 

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Permittee Name/Address - If your DMR is pre-printed, this information will already be included on your DMR. However, if it is not, you must complete this section. Please make any necessary changes to the address and we will correct our records.

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Facility Location - Please enter the location of the wastewater treatment facility if it is different than the mailing address. 

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Permit Number - Your facility's unique permit number, as it appears on the first page of your permit. If your DMR is pre-printed, this information will already be included on your DMR. Typically, the number will have the state abbreviation (SD), followed by 7 numeric characters. For example, SD-0020000. If you have a General Permit, the first three characters will be alphabetic, followed by six numeric. For example SDG-420000.

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Discharge Number - This is referred to as your Outfall number in your permit. If your DMR is pre-printed, this information will already be included on your DMR. If you have more than one Outfall, please be sure to use the correct Outfall/Discharge number when completing your DMR. Your permit (typically page 6) will include a description of your Outfalls. Some of the most common numbers are as follows:

Additional characters may also be used. If you have any questions, please call (605) 773-3351.

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Monitoring Period - This lists the first day of the monitoring period through the last day of the monitoring period. This is typically a calendar month or a calendar quarter. The last two digits of the year are listed in the first boxes, followed by the two digit month (for example March is 03), followed by the two digit day. If your DMR is pre-printed, this information will already be included on your DMR. Be sure to use the correct reporting period when completing your DMR.

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No Discharge - If you did not have a discharge or flow from your facility for a specific outfall during the monitoring period, "No Discharge" must be indicated on the DMR. You may do indicate no discharge by either checking this box or writing "No Discharge" clearly across the DMR.

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Parameter - This column is for listing the parameters that you are required by your permit to sample. If your DMR is pre-printed, this information will already be included on your DMR. Each box will display the parameter name, followed by a numeric code. Be sure to report the results in the correct row.

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Sample Measurement - This is where you summarize the measurement data for each parameter under the columns "Quantity or Loading" (the first group of 2 columns) or "Quality or Concentration" (the next group of 3 columns). Your information should be included on the white boxes. If your DMR is pre-printed, a group of stars (for example, ******) will be placed in the boxes that you are not required to complete. 

It may be necessary to do calculations to convert your data to the reporting requirements outlined in your permit. Step 3 of the DMR instructions provides detailed information on completing these sections of the DMR. 

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Units - There are two columns for the units. The first is after the "Quantity or Loading," the next is after "Quality or Concentration." If your DMR is pre-printed, this information will already be included on your DMR. You must report your results in the same units as stated on the DMR. Some common units are million gallons per day (MGD), milligrams per liter (mg/L), standard units (s.u. - used for pH), and number present in 100 milliliters of sample (no./100 mL). If you need assistance converting your samples to the correct units, check out this link.

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No. Ex. - Number of Exceedances. This column is used to record the number of results that exceeded the effluent limits in your permit. In the case of a maximum or minimum limit, each analysis that violates this limit shall be counted. In the case of an average (7-day or 30-day average) limit, each average in excess of the limit should be counted.

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Frequency of Analysis - You must report in this column the actual frequency of your analyses during the reporting period. This frequency must be at least the minimum required by your permit. If your DMR is pre-printed, the minimum sampling required by your permit is listed in the shaded boxes under each white box. For example, enter "CONT" for continuous monitoring, "01/07" for one day per week, "01/30" for one day per month, "01/90" for one day per quarter. Additional examples of the correct way to report the frequency of analysis are included at this link. 

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Sample Type - You must report the actual sample type used during the monitoring period. If your DMR is pre-printed, the sample type required by your permit is listed in the shaded boxes under each white box.

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Permit Requirement - If your DMR is pre-printed, the effluent limits for each parameter are displayed on the DMR under "Quantity or Loading" and/or "Quality of Concentration." As stated above, the permit requirements for Frequency of Analysis and Sample Type are also displayed. The DMR must reflect the most current monitoring and reporting requirements. If you feel there is an error in your DMR, contact Tim Flor (605) 773-3351.

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Name/Title Principal Executive Officer - The name and title of the responsible person should be printed at the bottom of the form. This person should sign and date the form on the Signature section. See your permit for information on who may sign the DMRs.

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Certification Statement - It is very important that you read and understand this certification statement. By signing the DMR, you are certifying to DENR, under penalty of law, that the information on the DMR is true and accurate.

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Signature - Every page of the DMR must be signed by the authorized Principal Executive Officer or Authorized Agent. See your permit for information on who may sign the DMRs. In the event a revised or corrected DMR is necessary, an original authorized signature and the date of the signature is required on each page. The word Revised should be clearly visible on each page of the form. The original DMR must be submitted to DENR at the following address:

SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Joe Foss Building
523 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD  57501-3181
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Telephone - The telephone number of the Principal Executive Officer must be printed in this section.

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Date - The actual date that the DMR is signed by the Principal Executive Officer, certifying and authenticating the data submitted on the DMR. Note: You must not sign or submit the DMR before the end of the reporting period. 

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Comments - This section may contain clarifying information from either you or DENR. Please read any comments that have been included in your pre-printed DMR.

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Page Numbers - The number of each page is listed in the lower righthand corner of the DMR. If there are multiple pages that will be indicated. For example, the second page out of 4 pages would be listed as Page 2 of 4. If the page numbers have not already been filled, you must complete this section. 

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