Drought

Upper Cheyenne Water Use Shut Off

Mar 11, 2013

South Dakota officials issued the first drought related water shut off of the year.   The move cuts off about 50 junior water rights holders on the Cheyenne River above Angostura Reservoir.    The reservoir is now at 65% capacity.  The water is kept in storage for downstream users in the Angostura Irrigation District.

Garland Erbele is with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  He says there could be more drought related shut off orders issued in the coming year.
 

Ranchers Worry Over Drought

Mar 5, 2013

Sometimes, in South Dakota it’s OK to hope for a blizzard. 

Parts of the Midwest and Eastern United States are getting pummeled by a series of snow-storms this winter.  But,  the severe drought continues in the western part of the state.

Many ranchers and farmers across South Dakota are hoping for more moisture—however they can get it.     Gary Deering ranches near Sturgis.  He’s a Regional Vice President with the South Dakota Stock Growers Association.   Like many Deering is worried about what this spring and summer could bring.

Corps Keeps River Releases In "Normal" Range For Now

Jan 3, 2013

The Missouri River is going from one extreme to another.

Climate And Drought

Dec 10, 2012

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray visited with Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University Extension Climate Field Specialist in Aberdeen.  Edwards comments on South Dakota's weather in 2012 which has been extreme at times and the lasting effects of the drought.

Battle Over River Water Heats Up

Dec 3, 2012

Officials say the Missouri River basin is undergoing one of the worst one year droughts in its history. The low levels are setting the stage for a fight between upstream and downstream states over water.
 
A coalition of downstream states wants the Obama Administration to order more releases from upstream dams.

But government leaders in the upper Missouri River states, including South Dakota’s Congressional Delegation and the Governor, are petitioning President Obama to keep river water stored upstream.
 

Army Corps Records Record Low Month on Missouri River

Oct 4, 2012


The Mighty Mo is not immune to drought. This September showed the lowest inflow on record for the Missouri River. This record low follows last year’s record flooding. 

This year the corps is continuing normal fall releases out of the main stream dams to support the full eight-month season of barge traffic downstream. Jody Farhat is with the Army Corps of Engineers.  She says  the Corps is still prepared for a worst case scenario.

Precipitation Outlook

Oct 1, 2012

South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey talks about the state's drought. The state of South Dakota is facing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. With three-fourths of the state experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought, rain is needed to improve conditions. But Todey says the outlook for precipitation for the rest of the year is grim.

Rain Needed to Improve Drought Conditions

Oct 1, 2012

South Dakota is facing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. With three-fourths of the state experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought, rain is needed to improve conditions. But as SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, the precipitation outlook for the rest of the year is grim.

Managing Drought

Sep 20, 2012

Don Wilhite, professor of applied climate science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says there are practices farmers can use to change the way they plant crops or take care of their livestock instead of just hoping for better weather next year.  Wilhite, the founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, is involved in an international effort through the World Meteorological Organization that is promoting national drought policies through an international conference next year in Europe.  Wilhite speaks on "Managing Drought in a Changing Climate" tonight at 7 p.m.

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