Water Quality Monitoring Network
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources maintains an extensive surface water quality monitoring network at many of South Dakota’s streams. There are currently 151 active ambient monitoring stations across the state. The data from these sampling stations helps the Department identify problems, document improvements and demonstrate overall trends in the quality of South Dakota waters.
Maps showing the locations of ambient monitoring sites are available for viewing. For more information, contact Shannon Minerich or by calling (605) 773-3351.
As stated above, South Dakota conducts sampling at numerous stream sites throughout the state. This information is entered into a national database called "STORET," which stands for STOrage and RETrieval system.
Water quality information from these sites can be obtained from STORET, and is used to develop Surface Water Discharge permit and evaluate ambient stream quality. For more information, contact Shannon Minerich or by calling (605) 773-3351.