Skip to main content

Environmental Protection, Dept. of

 Record Group
Identifier: DEP

Scope and Contents

This record group contains records created and maintained by the Dept. of Environmental Protection. Records include: correspondence, reports, water quality records, environmental impact statements, meeting minutes, financial records, Homestake Mine and Whitewood Creek cleanup files.


  • 1935 - 1985

Administrative History

The Department of Environmental Protection was officially created in 1973 as part of a larger government reorganization order. The Dept. of Environmental Protection saw a number of commissions and transferred under its control including the Air Pollution Commission, Committee on Water Pollution, Surface Mining Commission and the State Conservation Commission. Functions with respect to the control of water pollution carried out by the Public Health Advisory Committee, the State Health Officer and the Dept. of Health were also transferred to the Dept. of Environmental Protection at this time.

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


17.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Related Records

See the following record groups for related records:

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Department of Water and Natural Resources (DWNR) Department of Agriculture (AG) -- for conservation district meeting minutes after 1989

Guide to the Records of the South Dakota Department of Environmental Protection
In Process
Hannah Marshall, Processing Archivist
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
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)