Watershed Protection

Federal Fiscal Year 2021 Section 319 Project Applications and Awards

The Nonpoint Source Task Force will meet December 8, 2020 in the Matthew Training Center of the Joe Foss Building to consider Section 319 funding applications. The Board of Water and Natural Resources will meet at a later date to consider the Nonpoint Source Task Force's Section 319 funding recommendations. The Board's recommendations will then be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval before grant funds are awarded. Links below lead to project summaries and funding recommendations. Links in the project summaries lead to the project's funding application in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

Belle Fourche River Watershed Implementation Project - Segment 9 - Amendment

319 Grant Request: $234,000

Funding Application

The original project goal was to bring the Belle Fourche River into compliance for total suspended solids (TSS) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) by implementing the recommended best management practices (BMPs) by 2014 and implementing additional BMP recommendations from other Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies for waterbodies within the watershed as they became available. This project exceeded the 2014 timeline, and a new 10-year plan would be developed to evaluate the effectiveness of installed BMPs and focus future projects to achieve full support of assigned beneficial uses on the Belle Fourche River and its tributaries. Progress has been made on affected waterbodies, however, the Belle Fourche River and certain tributaries continue to remain in nonsupport of TSS and E. coli which supports additional implementation work. Future work would be prioritized on targeted areas, such as Horse Creek, in the watershed where measurable water-quality improvements could be attained.

Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Improvement and Protection Project - Segment 5

319 Grant Request: $525,000

Funding Application

This is the fifth segment of a multi-year locally led effort to implement best management practices recommended by completed watershed assessments, and to build on previous efforts and protect water quality improvements realized from previous implementation projects. The goal of this project is to protect and improve the water quality of northeast South Dakota glacial lakes, streams and rivers by implementing best management practices that reduce the amount of fecal coliform bacteria, nutrients, and sediment loads entering project water bodies, maintaining their assigned beneficial uses before they become impaired.

South Central Watershed Implementation Project - Segment 2

319 Grant Request: $1,600,000

Funding Application

This proposal is the second segment of a locally planned multi-year (10-15 year) effort to implement best management practices (BMPs) in the Lewis and Clark Lake watershed, Lake Andes, Geddes and Platte Lake watersheds, impaired stretches of the Lower James River tributaries, and impaired reaches in the Vermillion watershed. This effort is aimed at restoring water quality to meet designated beneficial uses and address TMDLs for waterbodies in these watersheds.