South Dakota’s vast prairie stretches from the lowlands in the state’s east across the rolling hills, canyons, and buttes of the plains to the state’s highest peaks, including Mount Rushmore, in the west. The Black Hills of western South Dakota are mineral-rich with gold, silver, copper, and lead deposits, and the state’s modest crude oil and natural gas reserves are also concentrated in western South Dakota.
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The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.
The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in South Dakota
Between 2017 and 2019, South Dakota experienced one severe flood and one intense drought. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.
SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
South Dakota’s climate is already changing. In the past century, most of the state has warmed by 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainstorms are becoming more intense, and annual rainfall is increasing. In the future, South Dakota can expect increasingly hot summers, which can negatively impact yields for some crops while extending the growing seasons for others.