The facility first known as the Spearfish Fish Cultural Station was established in 1896 by the U.S. Fish Commission. It was built and fully operational by the summer of 1899.
Things To Do
1. Watch Water and Dust.
2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers), and distribute to the class.
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Inquiry: Heat Transfer Activity
Building Orman Dam - 1907
In The Moment Interview
Are The Great Plains Headed Toward Another Dust Bowl? (August 2021)
On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called Water and Dust. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
In the summer of 2021, the state was so deep into a drought that it was easy to forget the situation was much different in the past. In 2019, widespread floods damaged farmland, roads, and infrastructure.
One of the first floods to be recorded at the confluence of the James River and the Missouri River occurred in 1881.
On June 9, 1972, an exceptionally heavy rain fell on areas of the Black Hills that were already saturated by higher-than-normal seasonal precipitation, leading to a flood.
Learn about Farm Security Administration photographer Arthur Rothstein’s famous 1936 bleached steer skull and other staged or edited images. Also view THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS
NOTE: The Bronx Documentary Center, Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography exhibit found in the Support Materials Section contains sensitive content. View each example for inappropriate content – some contain GRAPHIC IMAGES and NUDITY.
June 9th, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Hills Flood of 1972, in which 238 lives were lost. The anniversary brings a flood of memories for survivors.
Photos taken by Joseph Hutton, professor of Agronomy at SDSU.
The plan to build a canal between Lake Traverse and Big Stone Lake in an effort to drain Red River waters to the south and through the Mississippi River system.
Clovers and natural prairie make South Dakota an ideal place for honeybees to thrive, but dry conditions and habitat loss are making it difficult to produce honey. Production decreased 18% last year.