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SD DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2016 Integrated Report

SD The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is soliciting water quality data to help determine the quality of South Dakota’s waters. The request is part of the State's process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The DENR is looking for chemical, physical and biological data, as well as beach closure information including the date, duration, and water quality results to be submitted by the September 1, 2015 deadline.

The State's report will provide an assessment of the quality of South Dakota’s surface water resources and identify the impaired waters that require a total maximum daily load (TMDL). A TMDL represents a calculation of 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 determined, local, state, and federal activities can be directed toward improving the quality of the body of water. The DENR's 2014 Integrated Report can be accessed here.

To submit water quality data to the SD DENR, contact Shannon Minerich at 1-800-438-3367 or by email Shannon.Minerich@state.sd.us.

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