Information Services - January 2014 Press Releases

 

DENR Seeks Comments on Waterbody Report

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $4.82 Million for Environmental Projects

   Gov. Daugaard Announces $115,000 Grant for Day County Conservation District Watershed Protection Project

   Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.57 Million Loan for Brookings Storm Water Management Project

   Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.2 Million Loan for Dell Rapids Wastewater Collection System Improvements

   Gov. Daugaard Announces $242,000 Loan for Miller Wastewater Collection System Improvements

   Gov. Daugaard Announces $400,000 Loan for Mobridge Water Tower

   Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $1.3 Million for Kingbrook Rural Water System Expansion Project

 


  

DENR Seeks Comments on Waterbody Report

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 30, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Shannon Minerich or Paul Lorenzen, 1-800-438-3367

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is seeking public comments on the draft Integrated Report. Required under the federal Clean Water Act, this report is used by the state to identify impaired waterbodies in South Dakota. Public comments from the general public and other interested parties and organizations will be accepted through March 10, 2014. Comments can be emailed to Shannon Minerich at Shannon.Minerich@state.sd.us , submitted online at DENR’s One-Stop Public Notice page at http://denr.sd.gov/public/default.aspx, or submitted in writing to:

 

     Department of Environment and Natural Resources

     Surface Water Quality Program

     523 E. Capitol Ave. – Joe Foss Building

     Pierre, South Dakota 57501-3181

 

A copy of the draft 2014 Integrated Report is available by contacting DENR at the above address, by phone at 1-800-438-3367 or by visiting DENR’s One-Stop Public Notice page at: http://denr.sd.gov/public/default.aspx.

 

The draft 2014 Integrated Report contains an assessment of the surface water quality of South Dakota’s waters, a description of South Dakota’s water quality monitoring programs, pollutants causing impairments of the water bodies and identification of waters targeted for total maximum daily load development. A total maximum daily load is a determination of the amount of pollution a waterbody can receive and still maintain water quality standards.

 

“Because this list drives state water quality programs, it is important that people in South Dakota see the draft report and provide us comments before it is finalized and sent to EPA for approval,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner.

 

The draft 2014 report lists 167 waterbodies or waterbody segments needing a total maximum daily load. Of those listed, 94 (or 56 percent) are stream and river segments and 73 (or 44 percent) are lakes that periodically do not meet water quality standards.

 

Pollutant reductions to meet total maximum daily loads can be achieved through many different ways, depending on the type and source of pollutants. For example, if the pollutant comes from runoff, DENR can help local sponsors of water quality improvement projects seek cost share funding to help landowners install best management practices that will reduce the pollutant in runoff.

 

Since the last biennial report in 2012, 31 total maximum daily loads have been completed or determined to be unnecessary, 82 are in progress, and 65 are planned.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $4.82 Million for Environmental Projects

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, (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 nearly $4.82 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater and watershed projects. The board met Friday over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

“I am pleased to announce that this money is available to assist local governments,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Grant and loan funds will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment and enhanced protection of the environment.”

 

The $4,817,000 total includes $865,000 in grants and $3.95 million in low-interest loans.

 

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

 

A grant was awarded to:

  • Day County Conservation District, $115,000 grant for northeast glacial lakes protection

 

Loans were awarded to:

  • Brookings, $1,570,000 loan for Division Avenue storm water management
  • Dell Rapids, $1,200,000 loan for wastewater collection system improvements
  • Miller, $242,000 loan for wastewater collection system improvements
  • Mobridge, $400,000 loan for water tower replacement

 

A grant and loan package was awarded to:

  • Kingbrook Rural Water System, $1,290,000 that includes a $750,000 grant and $540,000 loan to provide individual water service to Sinai residents

 

The grants, loans and principal forgiveness were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program and Clean Water State Revolving Fund 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 and grants for wastewater, storm water and watershed projects.

 

The Legislature annually appropriates dedicated water funding for the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $115,000 Grant for Day County Conservation District Watershed Protection Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 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 a $115,000 grant to the Day County Conservation District for a watershed protection project.

 

“I am pleased to announce that the Day County Conservation District will receive this assistance,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This money will help the district continue efforts to protect and improve the water quality in the state’s northeast glacial lakes area.”

 

This is the third segment of a multi-year, locally led effort to implement best management practices. The project’s goal is to protect and improve the water quality of northeast South Dakota glacial lakes, streams and rivers by reducing the amount of fecal coliform bacteria, nutrients, and sediment loads entering water bodies.

 

The estimated cost of the project is nearly $1.2 million.

 

The water quality grant is from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides grants and low-interest loans for wastewater, storm water and nonpoint source pollution projects.

 

The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.57 Million Loan for Brookings Storm Water Management Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 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 a $1.57 million low-interest loan to Brookings for a Division Avenue storm water management project.

 

“I am pleased to announce that Brookings will receive this assistance,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This money will help the city manage storm water in western Brookings.”

 

The project involves constructing a storm water detention pond and outlet flow structure and installing native grasses and wetland flora. The project will regulate peak storm flow that has caused flooding in the area, as well as reduce sediment loads from storm water into Six Mile Creek, North Deer Creek, and the Big Sioux River.

 

The loan will cover the estimated cost of the project. Loan terms are 3 percent for 20 years.

 

The loan is from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm water projects.

 

The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $1.2 Million Loan for Dell Rapids Wastewater Collection System Improvements

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 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 a $1.2 million low-interest loan to Dell Rapids for wastewater collection system improvements.

 

“I am pleased to announce that Dell Rapids will receive this assistance,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This money will help Dell Rapids expand city sanitary sewer service, replace a portion of its aging system and identify other areas of the system that need replacement or rehabilitation.”

 

The system improvements involve three project areas. One project includes installing force main and gravity sewer, and constructing a lift station to extend sanitary sewer service to an industrial development area in the southeast area of the city. A second project includes cleaning, televising and analyzing existing sanitary sewers to prioritize needs for sewer replacement or rehabilitation. The third project area involves replacing the 8-inch sanitary sewer along Beach Avenue under the railroad tracks. This project will be coordinated with a railroad track replacement project.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $1.3 million. Loan terms are 3 percent for 20 years.

 

The loan is from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm water projects.

 

The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $242,000 Loan for Miller Wastewater Collection System Improvements

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 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 a $242,000 low-interest loan to Miller for wastewater collection system improvements.

 

“I am pleased to announce that Miller will receive this assistance,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This money will help Miller take proactive steps to ensure the future reliability of the city’s sanitary and storm sewer systems.”

 

The project involves cleaning, televising and mapping more than 70,000 feet of sanitary sewer and 25,000 feet of storm sewer in Miller. The information will be used to determine the condition of the city’s sewer systems and help city officials prioritize future repair and replacement projects.

 

The loan will cover the estimated cost of the project. Loan terms are 3 percent for 20 years.

 

The loan is from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, which provides grants and loans for water, wastewater and watershed projects statewide.

 

The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces $400,000 Loan for Mobridge Water Tower

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 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 a second low-interest loan, in the amount of $400,000, to Mobridge for a new water tower.

 

“I am pleased to announce that Mobridge will receive this assistance,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This money will help Mobridge complete its project to replace an existing water tower with a larger tower to ensure drinking water service reliability for the future.”

 

The project involves constructing a new 600,000-gallon water tower to replace an existing 100,000-gallon tower and making minor renovations to an existing 500,000-gallon tower.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $2.3 million. Mobridge received a $1,212,000 loan in June 2012 for the project.  The second loan is needed due to bids for the project coming in higher than anticipated.  Terms for both loans are 2.25 percent for 30 years.

 

The loans are from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects.

 

The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

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Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $1.3 Million for Kingbrook Rural Water System Expansion Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 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 nearly $1.3 million to the Kingbrook Rural Water System to provide drinking water service to Sinai.

 

The $1,290,000 financial package includes a $750,000 grant and $540,000 low-interest loan. Loan terms are 3 percent for 20 years.

 

“I am pleased to announce that Kingbrook Rural Water System will receive this assistance,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This money will help Kingbrook Rural Water System ensure quality drinking water service and reliability for the residents of Sinai.”

 

The project involves installing five miles of pipeline from Kingbrook Rural Water System’s rural water treatment plant to Sinai, 15,000 feet of water distribution pipeline in the town, and 60 individual meters.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $1.569 million.

 

The grant is from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, which 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 loan is from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects.

 

The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

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