South Dakota Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources

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South Dakota Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $21,668,089
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  South Dakota codified laws, Chapter 1-40
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Steven Pirner
Assumed office:  2000
Compensation:  $100,000
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The South Dakota Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources is an appointed executive position in the South Dakota state government. The secretary heads the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, whose mission is "to protect public health and the environment by providing environmental monitoring and natural resource assessment, technical and financial assistance for environmental projects, and environmental regulatory services."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Steven Pirner. He was first appointed to the position in 2000.

Authority

The department was initially called the Department of Natural Resource Development, and in 1973 was renamed in Chapter 1-40, Section 1 of the South Dakota codified laws. The position of the secretary within the department is established in Chapter 1-40, Section 2.

Chapter 1-40-1, 1-40-2:

Department renamed. The former Department of Natural Resource Development, also formerly known as the Department of Water and Natural Resources, is hereby continued as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Secretary as head of department. The head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is the secretary of environment and natural resources.[2]

Appointments

The secretary is appointed by the Governor of South Dakota.

Duties

The mission of the department is "to protect public health and the environment by providing:

  • environmental monitoring and natural resource assessment
  • technical and financial assistance for environmental projects
  • environmental regulatory services"[3]
Click here to view a larger-scale image of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Organizational Chart as of March 2013.

Divisions

There are two divisions within the department, each with several sections:

  1. Division of Environmental Services
    • Air quality
    • Drinking water
    • Groundwater quality
    • Minerals and mining
    • Waste management
    • Surface water quality
    • Water rights
  2. Division of Financial and Technical Assistance
    • Fiscal management
    • Geological survey
    • Information services
    • Petroleum release compensation fund
    • Water resources assistance

State budget

The budget for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Fiscal Year 2013 was $ 21,668,089.[4]

Compensation

In 2010, the South Dakota Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources was paid an estimated $116,531 according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Contact information

Department of Environment & Natural Resources
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Joe Foss Building
523 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-3151
Fax: (605) 773-6035
E-mail: DENRINTERNET@state.sd.us

See also

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