The Black Hills area is an important resource center that provides an economic base for western South Dakota through tourism, agriculture, the timber industry, and mineral resources. In addition, water originating from the area is used for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational purposes throughout much of western South Dakota. The Black Hills area also is an important recharge area for aquifers in the northern Great Plains.
Population growth, resource development, and periodic droughts have the potential to affect the quantity, quality, and availability of water within the Black Hills area. Growth has resulted in competing interests for available water supplies. The Black Hills Hydrology Study was initiated in 1990 to address these concerns. This long-term study is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the West Dakota Water Development District, which represents various local and county cooperators.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Atlas of water resources in the Black Hills area, South Dakota|
|Series title||Hydrologic Atlas|
|Description||1 atlas (120 p.) : col. ill., col. maps ; 43 cm.; All sheets 11 by 17 inches (in color)|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|