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2016 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference

2016 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference:

“Economics of Water Quality”

October 27, 2016

University Student Union

South Dakota State University Campus

Brookings, SD

This year’s conference is held on October 27th, 2016 on South Dakota State University campus in the University Student Union.

The purpose of the 2016 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference is to bring together individuals from Federal, State, University, local government and private organizations, and provide a forum to discuss current topics dealing with water and water quality in South Dakota. The conference provides an opportunity for hydrologists, geologists, engineers, legislators, scientists, students and other interested individuals to meet and exchange ideas, summarize the results of studies and discuss mutual problems and potential solutions.
Many people have contributed to this conference. The Organizing Committee would like to thank presenters and moderators. We would also like to thank our invited speakers and volunteers who helped make the conference a success.

Keynote Speakers

Picture of Dr. John Lawrence
Dr. John Lawrence


Dr. John D. Lawrence
Associate Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Director, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa

John Lawrence has served as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for Agriculture and Natural Resources for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach since 2010. As director for Agriculture and Natural Resources, he leads the largest ISU Extension and Outreach program area.
Lawrence also serves as director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, established in 2013 by the Iowa Board of Regents. He was a leader in collaborative efforts to develop Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science and technology-based approach to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico.
Lawrence also has been an Iowa State professor of economics since 1991. He previously has served as an extension livestock economist, an assistant director of the Agriculture Experiment Station and director of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State.
Lawrence has written extensively for professional and trade journals, extension publications and given more than 700 formal presentations in 24 states, five Canadian provinces, Mexico, Korea, The Netherlands, China and Australia. In 2009, Iowa Farmer Today named him as one of the 25 most influential people in Iowa agriculture over the past 25 years, 1984 to 2009.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University in animal science and economics, respectively, in 1984 and 1986, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in 1989. Lawrence was raised on a crop and livestock farm near Tabor in southwest Iowa.

Picture of Dr. Stephen Polasky
Dr. Stephen Polasky


Dr. Stephen Polasky
Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics
Department of Applied Economics
College of Biological Sciences
University of Minnesota

Stephen Polasky is a Regents Professor and the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on issues at the intersection of ecology and economics and include the impacts of land use and land management on the provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, environmental regulation, renewable energy, and common property resources.
Dr. Polasky is a co-founder of the Natural Capital Project. He served as Senior Staff Economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Science Council for The Nature Conservancy, the Sustainability External Advisory Committee for Dow Chemical, and the Science Advisory Board of NOAA. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He is a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 1986.

Conference Booklet