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SD Requests Water Quality Data for 2014 Integrated Report

SD signThe South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is requesting water quality data from around the State in order to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

The State must have its 2014 Integrated Report completed and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by April 1, 2014. The report will provide an assessment of the quality of South Dakota’s surface water resources and identify the impaired waters that will require total maximum daily loads (TMDL). A TMDL calculates the amount of pollution a body of water can receive and still meet water quality standards along with supporting assigned beneficial uses. Once TMDLs are established, local, State, and Federal activities will be determined to maintain or improve water quality.

The DENR is soliciting chemical, physical, and biological data along with specific site location information. Beach closures including date, duration, and water quality results are also requested. Water quality data can be sent to Shannon Minerich via email at Shannon.Minerich@state.sd.us, or mailed to her at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources at 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota 57501-3182. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2013.

 

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