Registration open for the 2022 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference

South Dakota State University

Registration is open for the 2022 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center in Brookings, South Dakota. This year’s theme is entitled “Phosphorus Loss: Local & Global Challenges.”

Although a critical macronutrient for plant growth, phosphorous has been making headlines the past few years as one of the primary causes for blooms of algae and toxin producing cyanobacteria.

“Phosphorus is one of the most important elements for life on Earth but is also one of the biggest drivers of water quality impairment around the globe,” said John McMaine, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer. “The 2022 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference will explore phosphorus from the global scale to the soil scale through a series of invited speakers.”

Participants discuss water issues at the last in-person Eastern South Dakota Water Conference. The 2022 conference will be held at McCrory Gardens in Brookings, South Dakota.

Featured speakers include:

  • Paul Fixen, retired senior vice president at International Plant Nutrition Institute
  • Heidi Peterson, vice president of agricultural research and conservation at the Sand County Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Garey Fox, professional engineer, professor and head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University
  • Lindsay Pease, assistant professor and extension specialist in Nutrient and Water Management at the University of Minnesota
  • Chad Penn, research soil chemist at USDA-ARS and adjunct professor at Purdue University


Online registration will close Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 12:00 p.m. CST and can be found on the 2022 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference webpage.

Registration for professionals attending the conference is $75. Registration is free to students and the public with the option to purchase lunch for $20. Those who register after the Oct. 5 deadline can register at the door for $150, check or cash only.

For more information or questions, contact John McMaine, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer at or 605-688-5141.