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Water and Natural Resources, Dept. of

 Record Group
Identifier: DWNR

Scope and Contents

This record group contains records created and maintained by the Dept. of Water and Natural Resources Records include: correspondence, reports, water subdistrict plans, Missouri River Basin Commission records, photographs, environmental protection records, water quality plans, environmental impact statements, meeting minutes, financial records, Edgemont Uranium Mine records and audio recordings from the Board of Minerals and Environment.


  • 1921 - 1995

Administrative History

The Department of the Water and Natural Resources (DWNR) was established in 1979, consolidationg the former Dept. of Natural Resource Development and Dept. of Environmental Protection under one department. The purpose of the department was to research, promote, plan and implement multi-purpose natural resource projects and programs with an emphasis on development for economic benefits and to protect and improve the quality of the environment. The DWNR also was in charge of administrating several grants including the Community Development Block Grant.

In 1995 the Department of Water and Natural Resources became the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources.


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Related Materials

For additional records see the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Guide to the Records of the Department of Water and Natural Resources
Sara Casper, Government Records Archivist and Hannah Marshall, Processing Archivist
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Preparation of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Edition statement
1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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