20th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference takes place in Rapid City

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RAPID CITY, S.D.- There was a big turnout at The Monument on Wednesday to talk about water resources in South Dakota.

The 20th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference was in the Alpine and Ponderosa rooms of The Monument in Rapid City. The conference provide an opportunity for students, scientists and community members to meet and discuss new science related information key to water resources in the state.

The event, which is organized by the U.S. Geological Survey, typically draws 300 attendees. Many in attendance were excited for the opportunity to collaborate.

USGS Hydrologist, Galen Hoogestraat says,

“In the last two years with COVID breaks, we haven’t been able to have this kind of relationship building with our colleagues. So, it’s just important to kind of rebuild, get back together and learn from each other.”

Highlights from the conference included four personal stories from the 1972 Black Hills Flood. The event concluded in the evening with a poster session and social.

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