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Water Resources Institute

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Who We Are

The South Dakota Water Resources Institute (WRI) at South Dakota State University provides leadership on evolving water concerns and problems being faced by South Dakota citizens through research, educational opportunities for students and professionals and community outreach.

The Institute is a federal-state partnership that:

  • Plans, facilitates and conducts research to aid in the resolution of state and regional water problems.
  • Provides for the training and education of scientists and engineers through their participation in research and outreach.
  • Promotes technology transfer and the dissemination and application of water-related information; and
  • provides for competitive grants for students and researchers.

Authorized by Congress as one of the nation’s 54 water resources research institutes, we also connect the research expertise at South Dakota State University to water-related problems at the local, regional or national level. The institute is affiliated with the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Nonprofit joins battle to mitigate Lake Mitchell algal blooms

Newly organized nonprofit, Friends of Firesteel Creek, has joined the City of Mitchell and other organizations who are working to decrease the algal blooms in Lake Mitchell.

Algae pull nutrients from swine facility manure, air

Algae pull nutrients from swine facility manure, air. Swine manure is a rich source of nutrients, but its high phosphorus content in comparison to the other nutrients the crop needs means only so much can be spread on a field.

Sunlight, titanium dioxide remove harmful compounds from wastewater

Doctoral student Ibrahim Abusallout of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is using natural sunlight and titanium dioxide to break up harmful compounds which form when disinfectants, such as chlorine, react with organic matter in the wastewater.