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Natural Resources Development, Dept. of

 Record Group
Identifier: DNRD

Scope and Contents

This record group contains records created and maintained by the Dept. of Natural Resources Development. Records include: weather modification records, climatic data, radar film, state water plan files, meeting minutes, flight and meteorological logs.


  • 1926 - 1983

Administrative History

The Department of Natural Resources Development (DNRD) was created in the 1970s and largely oversaw climate studies and weather modification in attempts to study and improve weather for crops in the state. Other duties the DNRD was responsible included overseeing the State water plans and the Water Rights Commission.

In 1979 the Dept. of Natura Resources Development along with the Dept. of Environmental Protection was absorbed into the newly created Dept. of Water and Natural Resources.


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Related Materials

For additional records see the Department of Water and Natural Resources (DWNR), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Guide to the Records of the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources Development
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Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)