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2018 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference

“Flowing Forward: Building Success in Water Research, Policy and Outreach”

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

University Student Union
SDSU Campus
Brookings, SD

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About the Conference:

The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference is held annually on the Brookings campus of South Dakota State University. The conference attracts attendees from academia, students, local, state and federal agencies. The conference covers the latest strategies and research for water managers and water users of the Northern Great Plains.

Keynote Speakers:

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Dr. Jane Frankenberger

"Managing Water For Tomorrow's Agriculture"

Dr. Jane Frankenberger, Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN 

Bio: Dr. Frankenberger is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University. She conducts research on innovative practices for agricultural drainage and watershed management to protect water quality, and is actively engaged in education of drainage contractors, agricultural producers, watershed managers and the public. She currently leads the $5 million, nine-state project “Transforming Drainage” that aims to increase resiliency of drained agricultural land across the Midwest by increasing the storage and recycling of drainage water. She has served on and led numerous state and national committees related to nutrient loss reduction and water quality including providing leadership for the Agricultural Drainage Management Systems Task Force, and in 2012 she was asked to serve as Science Advisory for Water Quality by the USDA-NRCS Chief. She has also been a visiting scientist at USEPA Office of Water and USDA-CSREES (now NIFA). 


In any given year, we may experience either excess water (too much) or water scarcity (too little), and both of these extreme conditions are increasing. Agricultural producers are installing drainage to deal with wet conditions in the spring, yet dry conditions may develop later in the growing season leading to a greater need for irrigation. Storing more water in the landscape can address both these issues. This talk will describe research across the Midwest that is exploring opportunities to increase water storage in the soil, in drainage systems and in on-farm reservoirs to provide needed water in the spring, increasing the resilience of our agricultural land.


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Dr. François Birgand

"High Frequency Sensors: Do We Even Have The Choice Of Not Using Them In Drainage?"

Dr. Francois Birgand, Associate Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Dr. François Birgand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and an University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, USA, where he directs the Biogeochemistry and Ecological Engineering Water lab. His team and colleagues work on solutions to improve the treatment efficiencies of streams, wetlands, soils or woodchip bioreactors. His team has developed solutions to measure water quality on a high resolution basis, both in space and in time, for a suite of parameters linked to non-point source pollution.


The last revolution in water quality measurements followed the advent of automatic samplers. This was in the 1980s. We now have the luxury of living at a time of a new revolution: high frequency water quality sensors. A revolution, really? What is it that these sensors are bringing to the table? Should we really start implementing them? One way to answer all these questions is to show what not having these sensors may lead us to: delayed evidence of water quality improvement, or even reports of false negatives or false positives... We will show how concentration indicators obtained on an infrequent basis are just not robust, and how the integration over time of instantaneous loads, measured with these sensors, make for robust indicators of water quality changes. Thanks to the controlled hydraulic conditions, drainage is a prime candidate for the use of such high frequency sensors for the discovery and quantification of soil biogeochemical processes, and for the development of new solutions to lower edge-of-field nitrogen loads.

Venue Information and Directions

The 2018 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference will be held in the Volstorff Ballroom at the University Student Union on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings, SD on October 17, 2018. See the SDSU Campus Map.

After you arrive

Please go to the Conference Registration Desk as soon as you arrive. The registration desk will be located just outside the Volstorff Ballroom in the University Student Union. At the registration desk you will receive your conference package and name badge.

The Student Union will be open for regular student business and activities all day on October 17. There will be many people in the building during the course of the day unrelated to the conference. We encourage you not to leave any valuables unattended while at the conference.

We also encourage you to take a minute during the conference to enjoy the building abuzz with student activities. The Student Union also houses the SDSU bookstore, so you may plan on stopping by the bookstore sometime during the day to get your favorite SDSU gear!