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Water Rights Program

Jeanne Goodman, Chief Engineer,  email | staff directory

Water Rights PrimerIn South Dakota all water is the property of the people and the right to use of that water is through obtaining a water right. A water right is needed for all uses of water except for domestic uses. For a general description of water rights permitting, please visit using water in South Dakota. A short "South Dakota Water Rights Primer" is also available for printing or viewing online.

Water rights in South Dakota are managed by:

This information is used to determine whether water is available to meet existing and proposed water uses and to manage water resources during drought conditions.

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