Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Project

South Dakota River Studies Completion and Public Information

April 2008 - June 2010


Participating Agencies

  • South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Since 1990 there has been a continuing effort to survey stream fishes throughout South Dakota to collect baseline data on species distribution, abundance, and habitat association. This effort was recently bought to a conclusion with the publication of several comprehensive works that list fishes by watershed. The synthesis of data revealed several streams have not been surveyed recently or have only been sparsely surveyed. Previous federal aid funding has been used to develop a prototype web page that includes data from 26 sites on the Bad River. The goal of this study is to “tie up the loose ends” of the statewide study and assess the procedures for developing a rivers web page for information to the general public. Specific objectives are: 1) improve fish distribution data by conducting surveys in unsampled or sparsely sampled riverine habitats and public land, and 2) test the web page data entry protocols.