Watershed Protection

Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Section 319 Project Applications and Awards

The Nonpoint Source Task Force will meet December 6, 2021 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.

Belle Fourche River Watershed Implementation Project - Segment 10

319 Grant Request: $1,364,000

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 new project implementation plans were 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.

Soil Health Improvement and Planning Project- Segment 2 - Amendment 1

319 Grant Request: $123,000

Funding Application

The goal of this two-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 general public to provide a better understanding of water quality and its relationship to soil health benefits.

South Central Watershed Implementation Project- Segment 2 - Amendment 1

319 Grant Request: $1,151,000

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, 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 established, and to be established, for water bodies in these watersheds.