SOUTH DAKOTA Department of
Environment & Natural Resources

Protecting South Dakota's Tomorrow...Today!
Joe Foss Building
523 E Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
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Watershed Protection

Watershed Protection

Pete Jahraus, Administrator - Email
Vicki Hanson, Senior Secretary

Phone (605) 773-4254 - Fax (605) 773-4068

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Joe Foss Building
523 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3151

Collecting a water sample

Any lake, river, or stream is a reflection of its watershed.  Clean and healthy watersheds mean clean and healthy waters.  The DENR Watershed Protection group works to assess, improve, restore, and maintain the health of South Dakota waters by providing local government bodies, natural resource management agencies, and the general public with information, funding, and technical assistance for watershed assessment and restoration projects. 

The Watershed Protection staff:




Section 319 Application Summaries

DENR is requesting proposals for Clean Water Act Section 319(h) funds for water quality projects. Projects can be in one of three general categories - watershed, ground water, and information and education. To be considered for funding, applications must be received by SD DENR in either electronic or paper format by October 1, 2016. Click here for Section 319 application guidance.



Skunk Creek NWQI Project

DENR has partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the City of Sioux Falls to improve water quality in Skunk Creek. This project is part of the National Water Quality Initiative, which targets small, high priority watersheds where on-farm conservation efforts will deliever the greatest water quality improvements. Click here more information about the Skunk Creek NWQI project.


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