Watershed Protection

Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Section 319 Project Applications and Awards

The Nonpoint Source Task Force will meet December 6, 2022 in the Matthew Training Center of the Joe Foss Building to consider Section 319 funding applications. The meeting will also be livestreamed. 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.

Northeast Glacial Lakes Upper Big Sioux Watershed Improvement and Protection Project- Segment 10

319 Grant Request: $759,500

Funding Application

The goal of this project is to protect and improve the water quality of northeast South Dakota glacial lakes, streams, and rivers by implementing conservation practices that reduce the amount of fecal coliform bacteria, nutrients, and sediment loads entering project water bodies, maintaining their assigned beneficial uses, and to build on previous efforts and protect water quality improvements realized from previous implementation projects and segments. This project combines two multi-year locally led watershed projects; Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Improvement and Protection Project (Segment 5) and Upper Big Sioux Watershed Project (Segment 7) into one project.

South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education Project: Segment 5

319 Grant Request: $350,000

Funding Application

The goal of the South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education project is to promote and facilitate public understanding of watersheds and related management issues and support for and participation in watershed protection through the continued implementation of the comprehensive, coordinated statewide effort begun in 2004.

Soil Health Improvement and Planning Project Segment 3

319 Grant Request: $965,750

Funding Application

The goal of this three-year project is to improve water quality through planning and implementation of soil health agricultural best management practices (BMPs) and outreach to producers in selected 303(d) listed water bodies in South Dakota. Implementing and promoting best management practices in the watershed that reduce sediment loading and prevent bacterial contamination working to attain total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) developed for the rivers, tributaries and lakes and meet the designated beneficial uses. Outreach will include planning and holding workshops and field demonstration tours to educate and inform producers of ways to manage land to reduce runoff and improve nutrient cycling which will ultimately improve water quality. The project will also provide information and education to local landowners and the public to provide a better understanding of water quality and its relationship to soil health benefits.

Big Sioux River Watershed Project- Segment 4, Amendment 2

319 Grant Request: $830,000

Funding Application

Restore and protect the beneficial uses of the portion of the Big Sioux River and its tributaries (in South Dakota) between the Brookings/Hamlin County line and its mouth at Sioux City, Iowa by implementing and promoting best management practices (BMPs) that reduce sediment loading and prevent bacterial contamination. Attaining the goal will reduce the total suspended solids (TSS) and/or bacteria (fecal or E. coli) levels and meet the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) developed for the various waterbodies in the Big Sioux River Watershed.