Nonpoint Source Task Force
1. Task force functions:
The Nonpoint Source Task Force was formed in 1988 to assist and advise the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with implementing nonpoint source provisions of the Clean Water Act. Task force meetings are open to the public. Task force activities are coordinated by the DENR Watershed Protection Program. The task force has the following primary responsibilities:
- provide a forum to exchange information on activities that impact nonpoint source pollution control;
- prioritize waterbodies for nonpoint source control activities;
- provide guidance and application procedures for funding of nonpoint source control projects;
- review and recommend project funding proposals that request funds under sections 604(b) or 319 of the Clean Water Act;
- serve as the coordinating body for the review and direction of federal, state and local government programs to assure that the programs allow achievement of nonpoint source pollution control in the most efficient manner;
- serve as a focal point for information, education and public awareness regarding nonpoint source pollution control;
- oversee and prioritize nonpoint source control activities; and
- provide a forum for discussion and resolution of program conflicts.
2. Current task force membership:
Currently 25 agencies and interest groups constitute the task force membership. In addition to member representatives over 75 individuals from the member agencies and groups and other nonmembers frequently participate in task force activities.
3. Criteria for task force membership:
All agencies and interest groups in South Dakota with either land management responsibilities or programs that affect the causes or control of nonpoint source pollution are invited to request task force membership.
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