BROOKINGS, S.D. — Registration is now open for the 2017 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference to be held November 8 in the Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom on the campus of South Dakota State University. This year’s conference focus is “South Dakota’s Water Resources: Where Are We Headed and How Will We Get There?”
“The framework will be unlike past meetings as the South Dakota Water Resources Institute at SDSU will host its first stakeholder working conference,” explained David Kringen, SDSU Extension Water Resources Field Specialist.
The morning session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and consist of a comprehensive review of the current state of water quality in eastern South Dakota.
This session will include information on what is assessed and monitored, how the data is gathered, how it is reported and any long term trends that may be evident.
Both surface and groundwater resources will be discussed.
Attendees will learn about the South Dakota Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment, the National Rivers & Streams Assessment, the National Water Quality Initiative, the South Dakota Statewide Ground Water Quality Monitoring Network and more.
A poster presentation session will also be held during the morning break. Lunch is provided.
The afternoon session will consist of moderated roundtable discussions designed to engage attendees impacted by the information presented during the morning session.
Topics will include satisfaction with current monitoring strategies employed in South Dakota, future priorities and specific actions that may be taken as a result of the discussions.
It is the intent of the South Dakota Water Resources Institute at SDSU to compose a white paper summarizing the conference and the roundtable discussions.
Feedback from attendees will be used to help draft an action plan.
“This action plan will help guide the direction of future research opportunities as well as actions that can be taken as a group to sustain and improve our water resources in South Dakota,” Kringen said.
The South Dakota Water Resources Institute at SDSU encourages all stakeholders concerned with water quality in eastern South Dakota to attend the 2017 conference.
If you would like your voice to be heard concerning the future of South Dakota’s water resources, register at this link: https://www.sdstate.edu/water-resources-institute/eastern-south-dakota-water-conference.
— SDSU Extension
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