Information Services - March 2011 Press Releases

 

DENR Pesticide General Permit Requirement Extended to Oct. 31

Gov. Daugaard Announces More Than $22.3 Million for Environmental Projects

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $1 Million to Ellsworth Development Authority for Design of Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $300,000 for Leola Sewer Rehabilitation

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $65,000 for Vermillion River Water Quality Improvement Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.2 Million Loans for Harrisburg Storm and Sanitary Sewer Projects

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.6 Million Loan for Box Elder Drinking Water

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $380,300 Loans for Colton Drinking Water, Sanitary and Storm Sewer Projects

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $893,000 Loan for Montrose Drinking Water

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.4 million Loan for Piedmont Drinking Water

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.5 million Loan for Vermillion Water Tower

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $192,000 for Chamberlain Wastewater Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $262,100 for Frankfort Wastewater

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $689,639 for Hermosa Water, Sewer Projects

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $994,300 for Herreid Wastewater Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $357,750 for Lebanon Wastewater Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $413,300 for Northville Wastewater Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $250,000 for Pierre Landfill Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $711,200 for Richmond Lake Wastewater Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $60,836 for Recycling Project

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $2 Million for Southern Black Hills Water System

     Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.31 Million for Sioux Falls Flood Control

DENR to Host 23rd Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference

DENR Extends Deadline to Comment on Draft Revised Air Quality Permit Conditions for Hyperion Energy Center

 


 

DENR Pesticide General Permit Requirement Extended to Oct. 31

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 31, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kim Smith at (605) 773-3152

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The deadline has been extended seven months for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to begin issuing permit coverage for pesticide application to waters of the state under the federal Clean Water Act.

 

The federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined in 2009 that discharge permits are required for the application of pesticides to water bodies. The court originally set an April 9 deadline to obtain the permits. At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the court recently extended the deadline to Oct. 31 for coverage under the pesticide general permit.

 

Anyone who applies pesticides in or over water bodies must first obtain a discharge permit, under the federal court ruling. That includes pesticide application activities for mosquito control, weed and algae control in lakes, and even aerial application if there are wetlands on the property. In South Dakota, EPA has delegated the issuance of discharge permits to DENR under the federal Clean Water Act.

 

“The department worked diligently with the Department of Agriculture and pesticide applicators statewide to develop a permit that would cause as little disruption as possible to the regulated community,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “We applaud the recent court decision allowing an extra seven months before coverage is needed under this general permit.”

 

DENR made a draft of the general permit available Jan. 21 for public review, and accepted comments for 30 days. After considering all the input, the department is prepared to finalize its permit. In light of the recent court decision, the permit will not become effective until Oct. 31. That allows South Dakota’s pesticide applicators time to become familiar with the permit before the final compliance date of Oct. 31.

 

“We want to finalize South Dakota’s general permit as soon as possible so our applicators will not be left wondering what the requirements will be this fall,” Secretary Pirner said. “The department looks forward to working with applicators to make this permitting a smooth process.”

 

The pesticide general permit is available on the department’s website at http://denr.sd.gov/des/sw/PesticidePermit.aspx. For more information, contact Jonathan Hill at (605) 773-3351.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces More Than $22.3 Million for Environmental Projects

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: James Feeney, (605) 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $22.3 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater, storm water, watershed improvement, landfill, and recycling projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

The $22,347,475 total includes nearly $9 million in grants and $13.4 million in loans, with nearly $2 million of the loan total in principal forgiveness.

 

“Making grant and loan funds available for these projects will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment, and enhanced protection of the environment,” the Governor said.

 

The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

 

Grants were awarded to the following:

 

Loans were awarded to the following:

  • Harrisburg, two loans totaling $3,219,100 for Colombia Basin storm and sanitary sewer projects

 

Loans with principal forgiveness were awarded to the following:

  • Box Elder, $3,562,950 loan for Ghere Reservoir and well project, with $356,295 of that in principal forgiveness
  • Colton, two loans totaling $380,300 for 5th Street improvements, with $91,100 of that in principal forgiveness
  • Montrose, $893,000 loan for water distribution improvement, with $593,000 of that in principal forgiveness
  • Piedmont, $1,404,000 loan for water distribution system construction, with $804,000 of that in principal forgiveness
  • Vermillion, $1,532,000 loan for water tower construction, with $153,200 of that in principal forgiveness

 

Grant and loan packages were awarded to the following:

  • Chamberlain, $38,400 grant and $153,600 loan for wastewater treatment plant improvements
  • Frankfort, $145,000 grant and $117,100 loan for wastewater improvements
  • Hermosa, two grants totaling $277,414 and two loans totaling $412,225 for sewer and water main extensions
  • Herreid, $300,000 grant and $694,300 loan for wastewater system improvements
  • Lebanon, $286,200 grant and $71,550 loan for wastewater improvements
  • Northville, $175,000 grant and $238,300 loan for wastewater treatment facility improvements
  • Pierre, $60,000 grant and $190,000 loan for a rubble replacement project
  • Richmond Lake Sanitary District, $177,800 grant and two loans totaling $533,400 for improvements to their wastewater system

 

The grants, loans, and principal forgiveness were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, and Solid Waste Management Program.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm water projects. The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $1 Million to Ellsworth Development Authority for Design of Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Jim Feeney or Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved two grants totaling $1 million to the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority for the design of a regional wastewater treatment facility.

 

“These funds will help the Ellsworth Authority develop a much-needed regional wastewater treatment facility to meet the growing needs of both Ellsworth Air Force Base and the city of Box Elder,” the Governor said.

 

The project involves the final design for construction of a regional wastewater treatment facility.  Existing wastewater treatment facilities at the Air Force Base and city of Box Elder must be upgraded in the near future.  A new regional treatment facility will ensure that the two entities comply with current and future discharge standards.

 

After the final design of a regional treatment facility is complete, the Ellsworth Development Authority will have a more accurate cost estimate when seeking additional funding for construction.

 

The new wastewater treatment plant will be built immediately northwest of Box Elder’s lagoons and will require about 29,300 feet of pipe to connect Ellsworth to the new plant.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $300,000 for Leola Sewer Rehabilitation

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, (605) 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $300,000 Water Quality grant to Leola for rehabilitation of its sewer collection system.

 

We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” the Governor said. “These funds will help Leola replace its deteriorating sewer lines.”

 

The original project included improvements to the city’s treatment system and extending sewer service to a new development north of the city.  Leola was awarded a $100,000 grant in 2009 to help fund the project.  Since that time, the project scope has been expanded to include much-needed replacement of sewer lines throughout the community.

 

The estimated cost of the project is nearly $3.2 million.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

Gov. Daugaard Announces $65,000 for Vermillion River Water Quality Improvement Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Jim Feeney or Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard said today the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $65,000 grant from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program to the McCook Conservation District for a Vermillion River watershed project.

 

“These funds will enable the McCook Conservation District to provide cost-shares to construct at least three animal waste-management systems for livestock feeding operations within the watershed,” the Governor said.

 

The project seeks to improve the Vermillion River’s water quality and beneficial uses by targeting and reducing sources of fecal coliform bacteria and suspended solids within the river’s watershed.

 

The estimated cost of the watershed project is $984,831.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.2 Million Loans for Harrisburg Storm and Sanitary Sewer Projects

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, (605) 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $3.2 million in low-interest loans from the EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund to Harrisburg for storm and sanitary sewer projects.

 

These funds will help Harrisburg make necessary improvements within an area of the city that has experienced significant growth during the past decade,” the Governor explained.

 

Both the storm and sanitary sewer projects will be within the city’s Columbia Drainage Basin.

 

The storm sewer portion of the project involves improving drainage on the south end of the basin. That will be accomplished by adding a detention pond in an area immediately west of Liberty Elementary School and installing storm sewer piping from the detention pond south to a Nine Mile Creek tributary.

 

The sanitary sewer portion of the project involves replacing 5,560 feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer piping with new 15-inch and 18-inch piping.

 

The estimated cost of the projects is nearly $3.5 million. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years for the storm sewer portion and 2.25 percent for 10 years on the sanitary sewer portion.

 

The EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.6 Million Loan for Box Elder Drinking Water

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a nearly $3.6 million low-interest loan from the EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to Box Elder for a drinking water system improvement project.

 

The $3,562,950 loan amount includes $356,295 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $3,206,655.

 

“This loan will help Box Elder make necessary improvements to the city’s drinking water system to meet the peak water demands for a growing service population,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The project involves digging a new well to draw water from the Madison Aquifer, constructing a new pump house for pre-treatment, and adding a 1.5-million gallon water reservoir. The project  also includes adding 5,800 feet of 16-inch PVC and 4,100 feet of 10-inch PVC water main to connect the new reservoir to the city’s drinking water distribution system.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $4,054,950. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years.

 

The EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $380,300 Loans for Colton Drinking Water, Sanitary and Storm Sewer Projects

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved two low-interest loans totaling $380,300 to Colton for a drinking water and storm and sanitary sewer project to be completed in conjunction with a street reconstruction project.

 

The loans include $189,200 from the EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $191,100 from the EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The $191,100 Drinking Water loan amount includes $91,100 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount on that loan to $100,000.

 

“It makes good economic sense for Colton to make needed improvements to its drinking water and sewer lines while a street reconstruction project is taking place,” Gov. Daugaard said. “This project will help improve those vital services.”

 

The project involves installing a water main, a storm sewer, and replacing the sanitary sewer under 5th Street from Main Avenue to Sherman Avenue while it is being reconstructed.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $676,500. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years for both loans.

 

The EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects. The EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $893,000 Loan for Montrose Drinking Water

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved an $893,000 low-interest loan from the EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to Montrose for a drinking water distribution improvement project.

 

The loan amount includes $593,000 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $300,000.

 

“These funds will help Montrose make necessary upgrades to reduce water losses and increase water pressure for city residents,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The project involves replacing all of the city’s old 4-inch cast iron water mains with 6-inch and 8-inch PVC, adding up to 20 new fire hydrants, and installing about three dozen new gate valves.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $1,150,500. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.4 million Loan for Piedmont Drinking Water

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $1.4 million low-interest loan from the EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for Piedmont to construct a drinking water distribution system.

 

The $1,404,000 loan includes $804,000 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $600,000.

 

“These funds will help Piedmont construct a distribution system that will provide reliable, high-quality drinking water to city residents and a rapidly-growing population in the surrounding area,” the Governor said.

 

The project is designed to address private well-contamination issues by constructing a centralized drinking water system to serve Piedmont citizens, the surrounding area, and a new elementary school. A connection to the Black Hawk Water User District will provide the water supply to Piedmont’s 115 users.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $1,439,000. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years.

 

The EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.5 million Loan for Vermillion Water Tower

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $1.5 million low-interest loan from the EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for Vermillion to construct a new water tower.

 

The $1,532,000 loan includes $153,200 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $1,378,800.

 

“These funds will help Vermillion replace a city water tower that is nearing the end of its useful life,” the Governor said.

 

Vermillion’s 100,000-gallon Market Street water tower is nearly 100-years old and is in need of major repairs, Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The city plans to construct a new and larger water tower in a different location. The new tower will meet both current and future needs of the community.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $1,532,000. The loan terms are 2.25 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $192,000 for Chamberlain Wastewater Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $192,000 grant and loan package for Chamberlain from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program to make necessary wastewater treatment plant improvements.

 

The funding package includes a $38,400 grant and a $153,600 low-interest loan.

 

“These funds will help Chamberlain address compliance issues by upgrading its wastewater disinfection process,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The project involves installing an ultraviolet disinfection system at the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The new system will replace a chlorine disinfection system that is undersized and does not meet state disinfection guidelines.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $192,000. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $262,100 for Frankfort Wastewater

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $262,100 grant and loan package from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program to Frankfort for wastewater system improvements.

 

The funding includes a $145,000 grant and an $117,100 low-interest loan.

 

“The funds will help the Frankfort community construct a new wastewater treatment facility that will better serve its residents,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The Governor said the project involves abandoning the city’s existing pond, constructing new wastewater treatment ponds away from the James River, and adding a lift station.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $404,100. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $689,639 for Hermosa Water, Sewer Projects

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $689,639 grant and loan package to Hermosa for water main and sewer collection line projects.

 

The funding includes a $277,414 Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program grant, a $108,621 low-interest Consolidated Program loan, and a $303,604 low-interest loan from the EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.

 

“We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” the Governor said. “These funds will help Hermosa extend water and sewer services to a previously unserved area.”

 

The water main project involves extending the water main along the west side of Highway 79 in Hermosa to provide drinking water to a restaurant, campground, and future developments along Highway 79 from Main Street northward about one-half mile. It includes installing 2,750 feet of 8-inch PVC water main and three fire hydrants.

 

The sewer collection line project involves extending sanitary sewer main service to an unserved area west of Highway 79 in Hermosa. The project will connect six to eight existing homes and two  businesses and be available to serve both existing and future developments in the area. It includes installing 3,727 feet of 10-inch and 1,893 feet of 8-inch PVC sewer main

 

The estimated cost of the two projects is $689,639. The terms for the two loans are 3 percent interest for 20 years.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill. The EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $994,300 for Herreid Wastewater Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $994,300 grant and loan package to Herreid to make improvements to its wastewater collection and treatment system.

 

The funding includes a $300,000 Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program grant and a $694,300 low-interest loan from the EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.

 

“The funds will help Herreid complete the much-needed repairs to the city’s wastewater system,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The project involves replacing wastewater collection lines and a lift station, and making repairs at the city’s lagoon, the Governor said.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $1,494,300. The loan terms are 3.25 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill. The EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $357,750 for Lebanon Wastewater Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $357,750 grant and loan package from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program to Lebanon for wastewater system improvements.

 

The financial package includes a $286,200 grant and a $71,550 low-interest loan.

 

“These funds will help Lebanon correct deficiencies in the town’s existing wastewater collection system.” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The project involves replacing the lift station and about 3,600 feet of pressurized main pipe.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $357,750. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $413,300 for Northville Wastewater Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $413,300 grant and loan package to Northville for a wastewater system project.

 

The funding package includes a $175,000 grant from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program and a $238,300 low-interest loan from the EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.

 

“The funds will help Northville correct sewer system deficiencies that have caused the system to overload and result in violations of the city’s surface water discharge permit,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The project involves replacing lift station pumps, cleaning the pressurized main, and increasing capacity at the wastewater treatment facility.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $413,300. The loan terms are 3.25 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill. The EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $250,000 for Pierre Landfill Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $250,000 grant and loan package from the Solid Waste Management Program for Pierre to relocate the city’s rubble disposal site.

 

The funding package includes a $60,000 grant and a $190,000 low-interest loan.

 

“The funds will help Pierre relocate the rubble disposal site and purchase new equipment to facilitate operations at the new location,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The current rubble site had to be closed because an underground fire kept flaring up over a period of months.

 

The relocation project involves construction of an earthen cover over the existing rubble site, construction of a new rubble site at the city’s regional solid-waste landfill, purchase of rolloffs for transportation of rubble to the new site, and installation of a new truck scale at the new site.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $500,000.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects statewide. Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $711,200 for Richmond Lake Wastewater Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $711,800 grant and loan package to the Richmond Lake Sanitary District for a wastewater treatment and collection project.

 

The funding package includes a $177,800 Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program grant and $533,400 in low-interest loans from the EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.

 

“These funds will help the Richmond Lake Sanitary District take necessary steps to address erosion issues at the district’s wastewater treatment ponds and make needed upgrades to its collection system,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

The project involves rehabilitating the district’s existing lagoon, adding a berm and bypass piping, upgrading lift stations, and installing an automatic control system for the lift stations.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $711,200. The lift station and control system portions of the project are being funded with a loan at 3 percent for 20 years.  The loan for the balance of the improvements will have terms of 3.25 percent for 30 years.  

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill. The EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $60,836 for Recycling Project

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $60,836 grant from the Solid Waste Management Program to Great Plains Gypsum Processing for recycling gypsum.

 

“These funds will help Great Plains Gypsum Processing reduce the amount of scrap drywall from entering the Sioux Falls regional landfill, thus extending the life of the landfill,” the Governor said. “At the same time, this will provide a useful product for area agricultural producers.”

 

Scrap drywall from building projects will be ground to a granular particle size that can be used as animal bedding by livestock producers or a soil amendment that farmers can use to improve crop lands.

 

The project includes the purchase of a grinder to process the scrap drywall. Great Plains Gypsum Processing is located in Sioux Falls.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $168,171.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects statewide. Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $2 Million for Southern Black Hills Water System

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 25, 2011

For more information: Jim Feeney, 605-773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $2 million State Water Resources Management System grant to the Southern Black Hills Water System for the design and construction of a regional water system.

 

“Because of the lack of natural water supplies in the southern Black Hills, the area needs a regional water system to supply a reliable source of high-quality, safe drinking water for everyday living and continued economic growth,” the Governor said. “These funds will help keep this much-needed project moving forward.”

 

The funds will be used to cost-share additional work on the regional drinking water supply system for all of Custer County and portions of Pennington and Fall River counties.  Phase I construction activities are under way.  The new funding is for continued project development activities, engineering design, and additional construction.

 

Gov. Daugaard recommended the funding to the 2011 Legislature. Lawmakers approved it by appropriating funds from the state Water and Environment Fund to the State Water Resources Management System through the Governor’s 2011 Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

 

The State Water Resources Management System provides grants and loans for large water projects that have been authorized by the Legislature. The grant and loan funds come from dedicated water funding that is deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to individual State Water Resources Management System projects through the annual Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.31 Million for Sioux Falls Flood Control

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 25, 2011

For more information: Jim Feeney, DENR at (605) 773-4216, or Chad Huwe, Sioux Falls at (605) 367-8601

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $3.31 million State Water Resources Management System grant to the city of Sioux Falls for the Sioux Falls Flood Control Project.

The funds will be used by the city for Corps of Engineers’ construction activities and land acquisition for the ongoing project to upgrade flood control structures along the Big Sioux River.

 

Gov. Daugaard recommended the funding to the 2011 Legislature.  Lawmakers approved it by appropriating funds from the state Water and Environment Fund to the State Water Resources Management System through the Governor’s 2011 Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

“The Sioux Falls Flood Control Project was authorized by both Congress and our state Legislature to provide Sioux Falls with 100-year flood protection along the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek,” Gov. Daugaard said. “This grant is another installment from the state on its total cost-share commitment for a project that is very important to Sioux Falls and will be instrumental to its continued growth.”

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a channelization, levee, and diversion system in 1961 to provide protection from a 30-year flood of the Big Sioux River and from a 20-year flood of Skunk Creek. In 1992, the state Legislature authorized a project to upgrade the flood-control project to provide protection from a 100-year flood and set $4.55 million as the state cost-share commitment to help with the nonfederal cost-share. The latest installment nearly finishes the state’s cost-share.

 

“On behalf of the citizens of Sioux Falls, I want to thank Gov. Daugaard and the State of South Dakota for their continued support of this important project. This funding is critical to ensure the timely completion of this project and provide flood protection to the City of Sioux Falls,” said Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether.

 

Congress authorized the Sioux Falls Flood Control Project in 1996 for $34.6 million.

 

The project consists of raising the levees above and along the Big Sioux diversion channel, modifying the spillway chute, replacing the stilling basin, and modifying bridges. Construction began in 2001.

 

The State Water Resources Management System identifies large water projects that require specific state or federal authorization.  The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to individual State Water Resources Management System projects through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill. 

 

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DENR to Host 23rd Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference

 

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

For More Information: Brian Walsh, (605) 773-3296

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The 23rd Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 23-24 at the AmericInn Teton Island Conference Center in Fort Pierre.

 

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hosts the conference, which will consist of exhibits and technical presentations covering subjects related to ground water quality and flow monitoring, geology, geothermal resources and energy conversation, storm water and tile drainage, and other subjects of environmental interest. For a complete agenda, visit http://denr.sd.gov/des/gw/GWQConference/2011/GWQ_Conference.aspx.

 

“Do you want to learn about South Dakota’s unexplored potential for oil and gas resources?  Or maybe you are interested in the potential for uranium mining in South Dakota or you have questions about water pollution risks from the TransCanada pipelines,” says DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “If so, DENR invites you to attend one of more of the presentations being made at this year’s state Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference as it includes many of the high profile environmental topics in the news today.”

 

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brian Walsh, Conference Coordinator for DENR, (605) 773-3296, or register at the website listed above.

 

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DENR Extends Deadline to Comment on Draft

Revised Air Quality Permit Conditions for Hyperion Energy Center

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 11, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kim Smith, (605) 773-3152

 

PIERRE, S.D. – After receiving several requests for extension, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is extending the public comment period on Hyperion’s draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration preconstruction air quality permit revisions to April 1.

 

In August 2009, the Board of Minerals and Environment issued Hyperion a preconstruction air quality permit. With the permit, Hyperion is authorized to begin construction of the Hyperion Energy Center in Union County. It will consist of a petroleum refinery and an integrated gasification, combined-cycle power plant that will process an average of 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil.

 

Hyperion submitted a request to extend the construction deadline from Feb. 20, 2011, to Aug. 20, 2012. The request included reviews of the new one-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards for nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, inclusion of a coker quench water tank, and analyses of the Best Available Control Technology for the permitted equipment and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Copies of the draft revised Hyperion air quality permit conditions and public notice are available on DENR’s website at http://denr.sd.gov/hyperionaqrfe.aspx.

 

For those without Internet access, hard copies of the draft revised permit conditions and public notice are available for viewing at DENR’s offices in Pierre or in the Akeley-Lawrence Science Center, University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark, Vermillion, S.D.  Copies of DENR’s draft revised permit conditions can also be obtained by writing to DENR’s Pierre office at 523 East Capitol, Joe Foss Building, Pierre, SD, 57501, or calling Kyrik Rombough, DENR Natural Resources Engineering Director, at 605-773-3151.

 

DENR will consider and address all comments timely submitted and issue a final permit decision within 30 days of the end of the public comment period. DENR will notify the applicant and each person who submitted written comments or requested notice of DENR’s final permit decision, including notification of any changes to the permit, based on the comments.

 

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