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Sioux Falls Receives Honorable Mention Award for Skunk Creek Nonpoint Source Improvement Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Brian Walsh, (605) 773-5559

PROJECT WEBSITE: https://denr.sd.gov/dfta/wp/NWQIskunkcreek.aspx


Sioux Falls Receives Honorable Mention Award for Skunk Creek Nonpoint Source Improvement Project

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced the Sioux Falls Skunk Creek Nonpoint Source Improvement project was awarded Honorable Mention as a 2020 Performance and Innovation in the State Revolving Fund Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) by the Environmental Protection Agency.


“Congratulations to the community of Sioux Falls for this special recognition,” said DENR Secretary Hunter Roberts. “This project was a huge success for the community and the Central Big Sioux Watershed Project. The work significantly improved Skunk Creek water quality which helps improve the water quality of the Big Sioux River. This is a well-deserved award, and I am very proud of the work they have done.”


Sioux Falls, partnering with the Moody County Conservation District, East Dakota Water Development District, U.S. Department of Agriculture, DENR, and local landowners worked together to make this project possible. Skunk Creek was previously listed as an impaired waterbody due to Total Suspended Solids (TSS). Best Management Practices (BMPs) including agricultural waste systems, cropland management, stream exclusion, bank protection, and a new innovative BMP for seasonal riparian area management were utilized to help reduce TSS, and Skunk Creek now meets the TSS water quality standards.


The Board of Water and Natural Resources awarded a more than $3.35 million from Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans towards the $6.4 million Skunk Creek project. Funding was made possible through incentive rate financing allowing the city to take additional loan funds at a reduced interest rate for projects to address nonpoint source water quality improvements.


The PISCES Program nationally recognizes projects for water quality improvements, protection of public health, economic benefits, sustainability, or innovation. More information on the PISCES award can be found at https://www.epa.gov/cwsrf/pisces.


EPA requested each state nominate one project financed with a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for the national PISCES award. Projects nominated for the PISCES Award focus on innovative financing, system partnerships, community engagement, environmental and public health protection, and unconventional approaches to problem solving.



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