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South Dakota losing public reservoirs, one torrential rain after another

By Christopher Vondracek Photo: Christopher Vondracek

The South Dakota Legislature has a menu of infrastructure fixes this year, including some state-owned spillways damaged in flooding and record rainfall in 2018 and ’19. But few lawmakers will invoke the words “climate change,” which an engineering professor says the state is not prepared to address.


44,000-acre Xcel Energy South Dakota wind farm begins powering over 150,000 homes

By Makenzie Huber Photo: Lara Neel

Xcel Energy announced Wednesday that its new eastern South Dakota wind farm is now in service and is powering more than 150,000 homes to customers in the Upper Midwest, according to a news release.


USDA accepts more than 2.5 million acres in grassland CRP, double last year’s signup

Photo: Chris Sorensen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup


Gevo Files for Environmental Permits in South Dakota for the Net-Zero 1 Project

By Gevo Inc Photo:

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) is pleased to announce that the air quality and wastewater permit applications for the company’s Net-Zero 1 project have been filed with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources.


There’s smoke in the air above the Black Hills, where climate change has created the ravages of the fire season

By Jay Davis

Black Hills realtors and conservative politicians have been touting for months the arrival of refugees from the east and west coasts. Apparently thousands of migrants, many of whom are now free to work remotely from anywhere, are gravitating to South Dakota because they love the atmosphere of personal freedom, low taxes, and a wildly irresponsible Governor.


From Floods To Drought: Ranchers Reflect On Extreme South Dakota Weather

By Meghan Fieghery Photo: sdvp

The state is so deep into a drought that it’s easy to forget the situation was much different two years ago. In 2019, widespread floods damaged farmland, roads, and infrastructure.


SD Intertribal Wind Project Gets Boost From Apple

By Arielle zionts Photo: OSPA

The Oceti Sakowin Power Authority (OSPA) is one of 15 businesses selected for Apple’s inaugural Impact Accelerator program. Apple will provide training and networking for Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned, eco-friendly businesses.


Climate change goals and oil production are clashing in the U.S.

By Joel K. Bourne , Jr.

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement, temporarily banned all new oil and gas leases on federal land, and canceled permits for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.


Disparities of climate change mapped

By Monetory Bay Aquarium

“One of the dirty tricks of climate change is that local pollution has far-reaching consequences,” says former Aquarium Chief Scientist Dr. Kyle Van Houtan, who led the study during his tenure. “When we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas locally, we mix them in the experimental chamber pot of our planet’s atmosphere. The result is that their warming impacts are often exported to far away locations.”