Watershed Protection

 

Pete Jahraus, Administrator - Email
Vicki Hanson, Senior Secretary
Phone (605) 773-4254 - Fax (605) 773-4068

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

 


 

Water quality sample taken with a Van Dorn sampler.

 

 

 

 

 

Our purpose is to improve, restore and maintain the water quality of the state’s lakes, streams, wetlands and ground water in partnership with citizens. We are committed to the ideology that project success depends on watershed based strategies, local initiative and commitment.

 

To accomplish these goals, we provide information, planning and technical assistance to local groups and resource management agencies for watershed assessments, water quality reports, Total Maximum Daily Loads, pollution prevention, watershed restoration, water quality information & education, and lake and wetlands protection efforts.

Collecting a lake water quality sample.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

DENR Surface Water Body Report

Section 319 Application Summaries
EPA Watershed Handbook now available

 

DENR Surface Water Body Report

 

DENR submitted the 2014 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in late March. The department had earlier accepted comments on a draft 2014 Integrated Report, then responded to every comment received before submitting the report by the April 1 deadline. EPA is currently reviewing the report for final approval. The biennial report integrates the contents of two reports required under sections 303(d) and 305(b) of the Clean Water Act. The report is used by the state to identify impaired water bodies in South Dakota. For more information about the report, contact Shannon Minerich.

 

Section 319 Application Summaries

 

The Nonpoint Source Task Force met Dec. 3, 2013, at the Joe Foss Building in the Matthew Training Center, 523 E. Capitol Ave. in Pierre. The Task Force reviewed Clean Water Act Section 319 applications and made recommendations to be considered by the Board of Water and Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for grant funds. For more...

 

EPA Watershed Handbook now available

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published the Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters. The handbook is intended to help communities, watershed organizations, and state, local, tribal and federal environmental agencies develop and implement watershed plans to meet water quality standards and protect water resources.

 

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