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Public News Service - SD: Environment

In recent days, pet owners in North Carolina and Georgia reported their dogs died after swimming in water contaminated with blue-green algae toxins. (akc.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – As the dog days of summer drag on, pet owners are being reminded by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to steer clear of ponds with smelly water containing blue-green algae blooms. Fisheries manager Mark Ermer says due to excessive spring flooding, the st

Tourism in South Dakota, including tourist visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial, has risen to record levels in each of the last nine years.(nockewell/pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a nod to how much the world has changed in the past century. The agency designed scavenger hunts at 29 parks and recreation areas that require a selfie be taken there in order to win prizes suc

South Dakota has spent nearly $1 million for a trap giveaway program to kill mammals considered pheasant predators, including raccoons, skunks, possums, badgers and red foxes. (statesymbolsusa.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In her January inaugural address, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem promised to restore the state's pheasant population and introduced a habitat restoration initiative that is getting mixed reviews. To boost the number of pheasants, Noem created a bounty program that pays hun

South Dakota says it needs $46 million in federal disaster-relief funds to recover from severe winter and spring weather that affected virtually every part of the state. (fema.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota is asking for a federal emergency declaration that would include $46 million to repair homes, businesses and infrastructure destroyed by extreme winter weather and spring floods along several rivers. Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Donald Trump th

Brian and Jamie Johnson, shown with their children, received the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award for their success in balancing farm production with conservation. (Courtesy of Johnson Family)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Brian Johnson was just a boy 25 years ago when his dad bucked the trend and adopted no-till farming practices. Now, he's approaching 40 and following in his father's footsteps promoting sustainable agriculture. The Johnson Farm of Frankfort – 1,800 acres of cropland

Pheasants, deer, greater prairie chicken, turkeys, butterflies and bees are often attracted to farm land set aside in the Conservation Reserve Program.(somoag.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – The future of nutrition assistance in the stalled 2018 Farm Bill has dominated news headlines, but Midwest farmers and ranchers are equally concerned about what will happen if conservation programs are not renewed. Programs in jeopardy include the federal Conservation Reserve

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to examine a project's potential environmental consequences, including public hearings and comment periods. That could change under the Trump administration. (climateprotection.org)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Environmental groups worry the next target of the Trump administration is the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA is the process used by federal agencies to assess the environmental, public health and community impacts of major projects. In South Dakota, a judge rece

The majority of state-level criminal cases related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016 have been adjudicated, but about 100 people still face charges and may not know it. (insideclimatenews.org)

RAPID CITY S.D. – Legal professionals are in western South Dakota this weekend, trying to locate and help about 100 people who have outstanding warrants for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly two years ago. From late 2016 to early 2017, thousands of people protested the potential en

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