James Feeney, Administrator - Email
Phone (605) 773-4216 - Fax (605) 773-4068
Kay Miller, Senior Secretary
Joe Foss Building
The Water and Waste Funding Program staff conduct technical and financial reviews of projects seeking funding through the Board of Water and Natural Resources. Program staff serves the board as it carries out its duties regarding the State Water Plan. The South Dakota Legislature established the State Water Plan in 1972. The State Water Plan is intended to implement state policy on water resources management, to serve as the principal guide for state policies and priorities, and to identify areas for project assistance. Additional information on the State Water Plan can be found in the State Water Planning Process Document (PDF).
Projects requesting funding must be on the State Water Facilities Plan. Projects must have completed a preliminary engineering study or a watershed assessment and be able to initiate construction within two years.
A Small Community Planning Grant Program is available to provide small communities (2,500 population or less) with funds to hire a consultant to develop a preliminary engineering study or conduct a rate analysis. After a project is placed on the State Water Facilities Plan, staff conduct site visits and discuss the proposed project and funding alternatives with the sponsor and its engineer. The project is then presented to the board with a staff recommended funding level for the board’s consideration.
The board is responsible for several funding programs which include:
- the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction program that provides grants and loans for small water, wastewater, and watershed projects;
- the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program that provides low interest loans for wastewater, storm sewer, and nonpoint source projects;
- the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program that provides low interest loans for drinking water projects;
- the Small Community Planning Grant program that provides grants for systems serving a population of 2,500 or fewer to hire an engineering consultant to develop a project specific engineering report;
- the Solid Waste Management program that provides grants and loans for solid waste and recycling projects; and
- the State Water Resources Management System that provides grants and loans for projects that have been established by the Legislature as a priority objective for water resources management in South Dakota.
Nearly $38 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 funding was awarded for wastewater, drinking water, and storm sewer projects. Funds for the ARRA State Revolving Fund projects were disbursed to South Dakota municipalities, sanitary districts, and regional water systems.
Water and wastewater projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities are being sought for funding from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. These four categories of projects are collectively referred to as the Green Project Reserve or “green projects.”
Grant and Loan Applications for these programs can be found by using the link "Form\Applications" link located on the left side of this page.
Water and Waste Funding works with staff from the Rural Development to coordinate state and federal financial assistance when applicants request financial assistance from both agencies. Staff from both agencies strive to put together a feasible funding package for the applicant.
Program staff also work with the Department of Transportation when applicants that are doing a water or wastewater project concurrent with a road project may request funding from the community access grants. Often these highway and road projects create an opportunity to upgrade the water and wastewater infrastructure at a cost savings by eliminating road repair costs from the water project.
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