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South Dakota’s Performance Partnership Agreement (Abstract)

South Dakota has a multi-year performance partnership agreement that started in federal fiscal year 2018 and will end in federal fiscal year 2019. The agreement can be amended annually.

The agreement is between the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Dakota Department of Agriculture and EPA Region VIII. The following programs are included in the agreement:

Agency partnership agreement priorities are listed in the key priorities table below.

Governing Principles of the Partnership.  Above all else, EPA and South Dakota are advocates for protection of public health and the environment. In furthering this vision, the following principles shall govern the South Dakota/EPA partnership:

1. Clear Goals and Expectations.

The South Dakota/EPA partnership must be based on an understanding of - and agreement with - clear goals and expectations on behalf of both EPA and South Dakota. These goals should reflect the specific blend of national, regional, state, and local goals that are applicable to South Dakota. Goals and priority setting in South Dakota should be informed by mutual understanding of the resources available to each party.

2. Clear Roles and Responsibilities.

The South Dakota/EPA partnership must be based on an understanding of and consent for a clear assignment of roles and responsibilities. These roles should utilize the comparative advantages and inherent strengths that each party brings to the partnership. Both parties should continuously strive to avoid duplication. Such roles, once assigned and accepted, should be diligently honored and respected by both parties.

3. Open and Honest Communication.

The South Dakota/EPA partnership must be sustained by open, honest, and frequent communications with no surprises. Communication must include diligent efforts to resolve legitimate conflicts and to achieve consensus on major issues whenever possible.

4. Shared Responsibility and Accountability for Success.

An effective South Dakota/EPA partnership depends on mutual dedication to shared responsibility and accountability for success in promoting and implementing environmental programs. EPA and South Dakota should strive to coordinate communication with Congress, as appropriate. Clear goals, clear roles, result-based performance measures, and effective communication are essential factors in achieving this mutual dedication.

5. Mutual Respect, Trust, and Continuous Improvement.

The South Dakota/EPA partnership is a dynamic arrangement which must be founded on mutual respect and trust and be sufficiently flexible to accommodate different perspectives and needs. We will strive to ensure that we take full advantage of the wealth of resources and creativity that exists in all levels of government. EPA and South Dakota commit to a joint quest for continuous improvement in environmental performance and to mutually support each other’s efforts to obtain necessary resources for environmental programs as needed.

These five governing principles shall serve as the foundation for the South Dakota/EPA partnerships and provide a sound basis for enhancing environmental management capacity in South Dakota.

For more information on the South Dakota performance partnership agreement contact:


Key priorities are priorities the EPA and State senior managers will take the most active interest in during the agreement period. Program priorities which EPA and State program managers will take the most active interest in may be identified in the program work plans. Priorities DENR, SDDA, and EPA will focus on in FY 2006 are listed below.


  • Continued Performance & Compliance
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
  • Surface Water Quality Standards
  • Safe Drinking Water Act Requirements
  • Source Water Assessment and Protection Program
  • Aquifer Delineation
  • Statewide Ground Water Quality Monitoring Network
  • PM 2.5 Program
  • Implementation of Natural Events Action Plan for Rapid City
  • Full Obligation of Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Capitalization Grants and Required State Match
  • Department Internet Site
  • Assessment, Restoration, or Abandonment of Test Holes and Monitoring Wells
  • Abandoned Underground Storage Tank Removal
  • Non-Point Source Water Pollution Control Implementation
  • Upper Basin State Recognition in Missouri River Master Plan
  • Large Scale Gold Mines in the northern Black Hills
  • Superfund
  • Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Program
  • Geologic Mapping in the Black Hills
  • Homeland Security
  • Oil and gas initiative
  • Pesticide/Nutrient Management Plans
  • Water Quality Standards
  • Livestock Pesticides/Drugs – User Protection
  • Regulation of New Technology
  • Community Based Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Justice
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Compliance with Environmental Regulations
  • Enforcement Sectors
  • Data management
  • Information Technology
  • Renewal and Report Streamlining
  • Resource Sharing
  • Emergency Response
  • Agricultural Initiative
    --AFOs and CAFOs
    --Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Control
  • Special Air Monitoring Projects
  • Clean Water Act Implementation
    --Water Quality Standards
    --Watershed  Protection and Restoration
    (includes Missouri River Manual review)
  • Direct Implementation
  • Enforcement
    --Environmental Accountability
  • Mining (participate in Brohm Mine, Large Scale Gold Mines)
  • New Safe Drinking Water Act Requirements
  • Data and Information Sharing
  • Sustainable Development
  • Superfund/Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup
  • Emergency Response
  • Energy
  • Children and the Environment
  • State Capacity Enhancement