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Eastern South Dakota Water Conference

South Dakota’s Water Resources:

Where Are We Headed and

How Will We Get There?


November 8, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Volstroff Ballroom, University Student Union
South Dakota State University

About the Conference

The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference is held on the campus of South Dakota State University and attracts attendees from academia, students, local, state, and federal agencies, among others. Water is an environmental good that provides critical services for recreation, economic development, agricultural and domestic use; all of which are important to human activity. Join us for a discussion on the current status of our water resources in eastern South Dakota and participate in the development of a cooperative action plan aimed at improving and protecting them.

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A draft agenda for the 2017 Eastern SD Water Conference is provided below. Please check back as the agenda is updated frequently prior to the meeting.  We look forward to seeing  you in Brookings on November 8th.

Conference Agenda

Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Perrin

Rebecca Perrin Environmental Protection Agency

Rebecca Perrin has served as the Agriculture Advisor for Region 8 since 2012. In this capacity, she serves as a liaison between the agricultural community and the Region, and provides advice on agricultural environmental programs and policies. Prior to becoming the Regional Agriculture Advisor, Rebecca worked in the EPA Region 8’s Tribal Assistance Program. Before joining EPA, Rebecca worked for an affiliate of Enterprise Rent-a-Car for more than six years, doing liability and risk management related work. Rebecca obtained a Bachelor of Science in Soil and Crop Science from Colorado State University and a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Outside of work, Rebecca is a new mom to a happy, healthy and curious almost 1 year old baby boy.

Plenary Speakers

Shannon Minerich

Shannon Minerich Environmental


Shannon Minerich is an Environmental Scientist with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  Her work with the department includes the state’s Integrated Report, mercury in fish tissue, department quality control, and fieldwork for the Surface Water Quality Program.  Shannon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota.  All of Shannon’s remaining time is consumed working on the family cattle ranch in the badlands of North Dakota with her husband and their 2 year old daughter. 



Alan Wittmuss

Alan Wittmuss Environmental


Alan Wittmuss has worked for the SD DENR for 25 years in the Watershed Protection Program.  His focus is on clean Lakes, water quality monitoring, and nonpoint source implementation projects.  Alan earned a B.S. (1992) and M.A. (1996) in Biology/Aquatic Ecology, both from the University of South Dakota.



Derric Iles

Derric Iles Environmental


Derric Iles is the South Dakota State Geologist and administrator of the Geological Survey Program, Department of Environment and Natural Resources. His primary functions are the planning and directing of the Geological Survey’s activities that locate, describe, map, and evaluate the natural resources of South Dakota. He has worked for the Geological Survey for 39 years, beginning in 1977, and has served as State Geologist for nearly 20 years. He also worked as a senior hydrogeologist/project manager for Soil Exploration Company/Twin City Testing Corporation/Huntingdon Engineering and Environmental Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the 1984-1986 time period. Much of his work has been related to South Dakota’s ground-water resources.  Derric earned a B.A. in Geology in 1975 from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.S. in Geology in 1977 from Iowa State University.



Poster Presentations

Poster abstracts for the 2017 Eastern SD Water Conference are provided below.

Poster Abstracts

Venue Information and Directions

The 2017 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference will be held in the Volstroff Ballroom at the University Student Union on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings, SD on November 8, 2017. 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 November 8. 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 at the bookstore sometime during the day to get your favorite SDSU gear!

Sponsored by

East Dakota Water Development District
Houston Engineering
James River Water Development District
Moore Engineering, Inc.
South Dakota State University
South Dakota Water Resources Institute
US Geological Survey
Vermillion Basin Water Development District
Water & Environmental Engineering Research Center