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2020 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda
Wednesday October 14, 2020
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Morning Session

9:00 - 9:10 am: Introduction/Opening Remarks


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John McMaine
Assistant Professor & Extension Water Management Engineer
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD
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David Kringen
Water Resources Field Specialist
Mitchell Regional Center
Mitchell, SD













9:10 - 9:40 am: Merger of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and
South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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Brian Walsh
Public Affairs Director
SD Dept of Environment and Natural Resources
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Jeanne Goodman
Director of Environmental Services
SD Dept of Environment and Natural Resources



















9:40 - 10:00 am: Partnering to Develop Research, Outreach, and Education Resources to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms in the North Central Region
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Hanna Bates
Acting Assistant Director
Iowa Water Center (IWC)
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
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Amy Weckle
Program Manager
Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC)
Champaign, IL














10:00 - 10:20 am: Lake Mitchell & the Friends of Firesteel:  A public/private partnership to improve water quality in the Firesteel Creek/Lake Mitchell watershed
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Paula Mazzer
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Dakota Wesleyan University
Friends of Firesteel Board Member








10:20 - 10:30 am: Break


10:30 - 10:50 am: NRCS Assisted Watershed Dams – History, Condition of Structures, Rehabilitation and DamWatch
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Brett Pettigrew, P.E.
Agricultural Engineer
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Brookings, SD










10:50 - 11:10 am: Investigating the Impacts of 2019 Niobrara River Dam Failure to Riparian Habitats of the Upper 39-Mile Segment of the Missouri National Recreational River
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Nathan Schaepe
Hydrologist/GIS Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey
Nebraska Water Science Center










11:10 - 11:40 am: Climate Whiplash: Drought-Flood-Drought – Water and Agricultural Impacts from 2018-2020
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Dennis Todey
USDA Midwest Climate Hub
Ames, IA











11:40 am - 12:30 pm:  Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

12:30 - 12:50 pm: Trend Analysis: Insights, Challenges and Building Blocks
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Rochelle A. Nustad
U.S. Geological Survey
Grand Forks, ND









12:50 - 1:10 pm: Cropping Pattern Changes Diminish Agroecosystem Services in North and South Dakota

Peter O’Brien
Research Agronomist
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Ames, IA

1:10 - 1:30 pm: The Statewide Ground Water Quality Monitoring Network Information System

Tim Cowman, State Geologist & Program Administrator
Geological Survey Program
SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources

1:30 - 2:00 pm: Estimating Water Quality Lag Times using Groundwater Age
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Troy Gilmore
Groundwater Hydrologist and Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska