PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is requesting water quality data to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.
Chemical, physical, and biological data will be considered to help determine the quality of South Dakota’s waters. Beach closure information, including date, duration and water quality results is also requested. Data submitted will be available to the public on DANR’s Water Quality Monitoring Access Portal. Organizations submitting water quality data must operate under an approved Quality Assurance Project Plan or participate in DANR’s quality control requirements and provide documentation upon request.
Electronic data must be submitted by September 2, 2023.
The Integrated Report provides an assessment of the quality of South Dakota’s surface water resources and identifies impaired waters requiring a total maximum daily load (TMDL). A TMDL calculates the amount of pollution a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards along with supporting assigned beneficial uses. Once TMDLs are determined, local, state, and federal activities can be directed toward improving the quality of the waterbody.
The 2024 Integrated Report must be completed and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by April 1, 2024.
If you have questions or would like to submit water quality data, please contact Joshua Strobel at 1-800-438-3367, or email electronic data to Joshua.Strobel@state.sd.us or Shannon.Minerich@state.sd.us.