Active Section 319 Implementation Projects
South Dakota DENR administers grant money provided by the EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act with which to reduce nonpoint source pollution in impaired rivers, streams and lakes. Projects may be local or statewide and include an information and education component as well as water quality monitoring in addition to the best management practices funded through the project. Each project has a coordinator who works with various partner agencies to complete best management practices (BMPs) and develops local support and funds to bolster the project. Information about the activities of each project is listed below, along with links to project websites. To learn more about past 319 implementation projects, full project reports from completed projects can be viewed here.
Belle Fourche Watershed Implementation Project - The Belle Fourche Watershed Implementation Project seeks to reduce sediment and bacteria to the impaired Belle Fourche River. Best management practices to achieve this goal include replacement of flood irrigation systems with high-efficiency sprinkler irrigation systems, grazing improvements such as pipelines, fencing, off site water sources for livestock, and riparian revegetation projects. For more information, contact Matt Stoltenberg.
Big Sioux River Watershed Project - The goal of this project is to restore and protect the Big Sioux and its tributaries south of the Brookings/Hamlin County line by reducing sediment and bacteria through BMPs. Project BMPs include installing zero-discharge animal waste systems, providing incentives for landowners to remove livestock from riparian areas through the Seasonal Riparian Area Management (SRAM) program, and cropland management BMPs such as terrace restoration, grassed waterways, and cover crops. For more information, contact Barry Berg.
Grassland Management Planning and Assistance Project - The Grassland Management Planning and Assistance Project’s goal is to reduce sediment, nutrients, and fecal coliform bacteria from surface waters in South Dakota by improving range condition on grasslands. This is accomplished through extensive information and education events geared mainly toward grassland managers and livestock producers and grassland management BMPs. BMPs include providing a cost-share for fencing, pipeline, wells, pumps, stock dams, stream crossings, and grass seeding to improve grassland health and promote water quality. For more information, contact Judge Jessop.
Lewis and Clark Watershed Implementation Project - The goal of the Lewis and Clark Watershed Implementation Project is to restore and protect water quality in the Lower James River Watershed, Lewis and Clark Lake, and the watersheds of Geddes, Academy, Platte Lake and Lake Andes Lake. This will be accomplished through the installation of BMPs in the watersheds such as alternative water sources, grass buffers, and animal waste systems that target sources of sediment, nutrients, and fecal coliform bacteria. For more information, contact Rocky Knippling.
Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Implementation Project - The Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Implementation Project protects and improves the water quality of northeast South Dakota glacial lakes, streams, and rivers by implementing BMPs to reduce nutrients, sediment, and bacteria. BMPs include installation of animal waste management systems, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, grazing management improvements (cross fence and water development), bank stabilization, and stream crossings. For more information, contact Dennis Skadsen.
South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education Project -
The goal of the South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education Project is to provide South Dakota’s citizens with information and educational opportunities about nonpoint source pollution in order to gain their support for, and participation in, nonpoint source pollution prevention and reduction practices. To achieve the goal, this project focuses on:
- Outreach to South Dakota’s adults using a combination of traditional and innovative methods.
- Support of local and regional activities through a competitive mini-grants program.
- Increased teacher, student, and adult awareness of watersheds and watershed protection.
For more information, contact Anne Lewis.
SDSU Impacts of Winter Manure Spreading Project - The project goal is to evaluate the environmental risk of spreading manure during winter conditions and develop BMPs for winter manure spreading that minimize water quality impacts. This goal will be attained by completing activities designed to reach four objectives:
- Assess the risk of spreading manure on frozen soils.
- Compare winter manure spreading practices related to location, timing, and placement to determine which practices minimize water quality impacts and develop related BMPs.
- Develop a climatic risk factor using frequency of soil frost and rainfall events.
- Provide education on winter manure spreading BMPs to livestock producers, extension educators, and resource managers.
For more information, contact Todd Trooien.
Spring Creek Watershed Implementation Project - The goal of this project is to reduce bacteria and sediment in Spring Creek in Pennington County. BMPs include management of riparian zones, stormwater, forestry, grazing, lake improvement, and on-site wastewater treatment systems. For more information, contact Brittney Molitor.
Upper Big Sioux Watershed Implementation Project - The goal of this project segment is to improve the quality of the water entering the Big Sioux River and Lakes Kampeska and Pelican, and to continue restoration of the lakes and river by reducing phosphorus and sediment loads. BMPs include lake shoreline stabilization and management, small ponds, grassed waterways, filter strips, grass seeding, construction of animal nutrient management systems, streambank stabilization, and wetland restoration. For more information, contact Roger Foote.
303(d) Watershed Planning and Assistance Project - The 303(d)Watershed Planning and Assistance project works with other watershed implementation projects to provide planning and implementation of agricultural BMPs in impaired watersheds throughout South Dakota. The project provides information and education to local landowners and the general public about the benefits of BMPs. For more information, contact Mike Kuck.
To learn more about past water quality implementation projects, full project reports can be viewed here.
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