The most urban area of
South Dakota has grown tremendously and consequently is experiencing conversion of agricultural lands to urban areas.
County’s population increased 19.8 percent between 1990 and 2000 while the nationwide rate in that time period was 8.5 percent. In 2002, of 66 counties in the state,
County held 37 percent of the state’s authorized building permits. The population in adjoining
County increased 21.3 percent in a three-year period: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003.
Due to developing resource management problems/concerns, the Minnehaha Water Coalition, comprised of individuals from county, city, community, public, state and federal groups, identified the need to educate people to make educated and informed decisions before purchasing a rural acreage.
The publication introduces non-agricultural people to natural resources and how to keep the watershed healthy. It's purpose is to create an awareness of environmental concerns associated with living on a rural development or a small acreage and guide the reader to sources of additional information and assistance.