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Section 319 Project Applications

 


 

FFY 2017 Section 319 Project Applications and Awards

 

Applications for Section 319 funding are due on October 1st. The Nonpoint Source Task Force meets in early December each year to review the Section 319 applications and develop funding recommendations. The Task Force's recommendations are then considered by the Board of Water and Natural Resources at its January meeting. The Board's recommendations are then submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval before grant funds are awarded. Links below lead to project summaries. Links in the project summaries lead to the project's funding application and approved funding plan in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

 

To see archived applications from previous years, click on the year: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

 

Projects that received funding

Belle Fourche River Watershed Implementation Project - Segment 8

Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Improvement and Protection Project - Segment 4

South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education Project - Segment 5

South Central Watershed Implementation Project - Segment 1

Soil Health Improvement and Planning Project

Grassland Management and Planning Project - Segment 5

 

Projects that did not receive funding

Water Quality Planning Project

Assessing the Effectiveness of Dredging as a BMP to Improve Lake Water Quality

South Dakota Envirothon

 

Belle Fourche River Watershed Implementation Project - Segment 8

 

319 Grant Request: $1,144,000          Awarded: $650,000

Funding Application                                Approved Funding Plan

 

The Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership is the project sponsor for this two-year project. This is the eighth segment that addresses seven total maximum daily loads. Completed activities planned for this segment will continue implementing best management practices that reduce E. coli and advance the best management practice implementation for total suspended solids pollutants. These best management practices include installing irrigation sprinkler systems, implementing grazing management systems, installing riparian vegetation improvements, implementing improved cropping systems, and relocating livestock feeding grounds.

 

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Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Improvement and Protection Project - Segment 4

 

319 Grant Request: $309,800          Awarded: $250,000

Funding Application                             Approved Funding Plan

 

This is the fourth segment of a multi-year locally led effort to implement best management practices recommended by completed watershed assessments, and to build on previous efforts and protect water quality improvements realized from previous implementation projects. This two-year project will continue to protect and improve the water quality of northeast South Dakota glacial lakes, streams and rivers by implementing best management practices that reduce the amount of fecal coliform bacteria, nutrients, and sediment loads entering project water bodies, maintaining their assigned beneficial uses.

 

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South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education Project - Segment 5

 

319 Grant Request: $300,000          Awarded: $200,000

Funding Application                             Approved Funding Plan

 

The 2017 South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education Project is designed to continue providing South Dakota's citizens information and education opportunities about nonpoint source pollution to in order to gain their support for and participation in nonpoint source pollution prevention and reduction practices. This two-year project will focus on outreach to South Dakota's adults using a combination of traditional and innovative methods, support local and regional activities through a competitive Mini-grants Program, and increase teacher, student and adult awareness of and proficiency in watersheds and watershed protection.

 

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South Central Watershed Implementation Project - Segment 1 Amendment

 

319 Grant Request: $650,000          Awarded: $464,000

Funding Application                             Approved Funding Plan

 

This three-year project is the first segment of a locally planned multi-year (10-15 year) effort to implement best management practices (BMPs) in the Lewis and Clark Lake watershed, Lake Andes, Geddes, Academy and Platte Lake watersheds, impaired stretches of the Lower James River tributaries, and impaired reaches in the Vermillion River watershed. This effort is aimed at restoring water quality to meet designated beneficial uses and address total maximum daily loads established, and to be established, for water bodies in these watersheds.

 

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Soil Health Improvement and Planning Project

 

319 Grant Request: $168,000          Awarded: $100,000

Funding Application                             Approved Funding Plan

 

This two-year project will improve soil health through planning and implementation of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) and outreach to producers in select 303(d) listed water bodies in South Dakota. 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. There will be demonstration plots developed for cover crops and/or no-till planting methods at four locations. These demonstration plots are in addition to planned workshops covering grazing management, livestock integration onto cropland, and diverse crop rotations. The project will also provide information and education to local landowners and the general public to provide a better understanding of soil health and its relationship to water quality benefits.

 

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Grassland Management and Planning Project - Segment 5

 

319 Grant Request: $368,880          Recommendation: $200,000

Funding Application                             Approved Funding Plan

 

This project is a two-year continuation of the current statewide Grassland Management and Planning project that will provide grassland managers with accelerated technical assistance to plan 100,000 acres of intensive grassland management systems implement, implement 100,000 acres of intensive grassland management systems, and transfer grassland management information gained from on-ranch demonstration projects and systems implemented to ranchers, researchers, agency specialists and the public.

 

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Water Quality Planning Project

 

319 Grant Request: $351,848          Awarded: $0

Funding Application

 

This two-year project will provide accelerated planning and implementation of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in select 303(d) listed water bodies in South Dakota. Emphasis will be placed on providing accelerated planning, design and implementation of various buffer practices that protect riparian zones. The project will also provide information, education and outreach to local landowners and the general public to provide a better understanding of the best management practices and their relationship to water quality benefits.

 

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Dredging as a BMP to Improve Lake Water Quality

 

319 Grant Request: $140,699          Awarded: $0

Funding Application

 

This two-year project will evaluate the effectiveness of dredging on lake water quality by examining 3 waterbodies (Horsethief Lake, Legion Lake, and Center Lake) that are in close proximity to each other and had varying amounts of dredging implemented recently. In addition, samples will be collected frequently to develop a standard sampling design for lake water quality monitoring. Chlorophyll a has been proposed as a new standard for lake water quality. However, chlorophyll a concentrations fluctuate with nutrient availability and algal species composition shifts throughout the year and particularly during the summer recreational use period. Outcomes from this project will provide insight into the effectiveness of dredging as a BMP and broader insight into future implementation of BMPs incorporating chlorophyll a.

 

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South Dakota Envirothon

 

319 Grant Request: $60,000          Awarded: $0

Funding Application

 

This two-year project will build natural resources literacy through a hands-on, environmental education program and team competition for high school-aged students. Teams are formed from associated high schools, home school groups, 4H, and Future Farmers of America (FFA), and study through the year with their coach in preparation for the state-wide competition in late spring. A team of five students and an alternate are invited to participate in the competition. Natural resource professionals assemble resources to assist in the education process in the areas of soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems, and a current topic. The topic released for the 2017 year of study is Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation. One of the teams competing at the South Dakota Envirothon Competition also has the opportunity to advance to the North American Envirothon Competition.

 

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