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DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2018 Integrated Report
South Dakota Ag Connection - 07/12/2017

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources requests water quality data by Sept. 1 as part of its process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota's lakes and streams.

The 2018 Integrated Report must be completed and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by April 1, 2018. The report provides an assessment of the quality of South Dakota's surface water resources and identifies the impaired waters that require a total maximum daily load (TMDL).

A total maximum daily load 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 department's 2016 Integrated Report can be viewed online at

To develop a comprehensive list, the department is soliciting water quality data to help determine the quality of South Dakota's waters. Chemical, physical and biological data will be considered. Beach closure information, including date, duration and water quality results is also requested.

Persons or organizations having electronic water quality data should contact Shannon Minerich or Paul Lorenzen at 1-800-438-3367 or email or

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