Watershed Protection


Pete Jahraus, Administrator - Email
Vicki Hanson, Senior Secretary
Phone (605) 773-4254 - Fax (605) 773-4068

Picture of the Joe Foss Building SD DENR
Joe Foss Building
523 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3151



Water quality sample taken with a Van Dorn sampler.






Our purpose is to improve, restore and maintain the water quality of the state’s lakes, streams, wetlands and ground water in partnership with citizens. We are committed to the ideology that project success depends on watershed based strategies, local initiative and commitment.


To accomplish these goals, we provide information, planning and technical assistance to local groups and resource management agencies for watershed assessments, water quality reports, Total Maximum Daily Loads, pollution prevention, watershed restoration, water quality information & education, and lake and wetlands protection efforts.

Collecting a lake water quality sample.




Section 319 Application Summaries

DENR Surface Water Body Report

Section 319 Application Summaries

The Nonpoint Source Task Force met Dec. 9, 2014, at the Matthew Training Center in the Joe Foss Building, 523 E. Capitol Ave. in Pierre. The Task Force reviewed Clean Water Act Section 319 applications and made recommendations to be considered by the Board of Water and Natural Resources and later the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more...



DENR Surface Water Body ReportĀ 

DENR's 2014 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The biennial report integrates the contents of two reports required under sections 303(d) and 305(b) of the Clean Water Act. The report is used by the state to identify impaired water bodies in South Dakota. For more information about the report, contact Shannon Minerich.




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