Authorization:
Section 1-40-15 of the South Dakota Codified Laws
Activities:
Issues, denies or cancels water permits, establishes surface and groundwater quality standards, approves groundwater discharge permits, establishes drinking water standards, sets ordinary high water marks, regulates water use, establishes safety of dams standards, validates vested water right claims, issues water quality variances, establishes well construction standards, establishes standards for above and below ground storage tanks and underground injection wells.
Organization:
Attached to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Composition:
Seven members appointed by the Governor with no more than four members from the same political party. (1) One member at large; (2) One member experienced in municipal government and operations; (3) One member experienced in irrigation methods and techniques; (4) One member knowledgeable of the concerns of domestic water users; (5) One member experienced in the area of industrial uses of water; (6) One member shall represent fish and wildlife interests; and (7) One member must have a valid South Dakota well-driller's license.
Term of Appointment:
Four Years

Contact Info:
(605) 773-4254

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