Publication Date

Winter 1992


Director's comments: What's missing? Water resources in South Dakota have not been developed to the degree once anticipated. The debate over what's missing still goes on. [p] 2
South Dakota's water history and its future: In a special report for Farm & Home Research, Governor Mickelson sheds light on the long and winding history of water projects on the Missouri River. [p] 6
Three prize USDA water projects start on the land: Nationwide competition for research dollars is fierce, but because of South Dakota's efforts in water quality research, funding for highly prized projects is available to SDSU scientists. [p] 8
Water Resources Institute puts together the pieces: The Water Resources Institute at SDSU has helped South Dakota take a position of national leadership in water quality work. [p] 12
Oakwood-Poinsett research project provides blueprint on protecting water: Rural Clean Water Project investigators collected mountains of data on the effects of farming practices on water quality. The project has closed, but the research results will help protect water for the future. [p] 16
Voluntary farming practices more palatable than regulations: Agricultural producers can voluntarily adopt recommended farm management practices to protect surface and ground water quality or face the likelihood of increased government regulation. [p] 20
Pickerel Lake's people care: Pickerel Lake is approaching old age, but, because people are working to protect the lake before it is in need of extensive restoration, Pickerel will be assured of a long, healthy future. [p] 23
A drink to the future: Each of us is responsible for protecting our drinking water supply. By using some common-sense precautions we can help insure water quality for the future. [p] 26
Quality water now available to rural residents: Twenty years ago, Extension agents worked with local community leaders in planning South Dakota's first rural water systems. Today, 24 rural water systems deliver clean, safe water to 30,000 farms and ranches. [p] 28
Drinking water: valuable and vulnerable: Contamination of our aquifers from agricultural sources is a legitimate cause for concern, but we need to know all the facts to make the best decisions on how to protect our drinking water. [p] 31
The early days of Orman Dam: Water management efforts in South Dakota are not new. The Belle Fourche Irrigation Project at the turn of the century was one of the earliest attempts to control our water resources. [p] 34







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