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DANR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects





For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Walsh, Brian.Walsh@state.sd.us

 

DANR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects

 

PIERRE S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

 

Eligible applicants include governmental agencies; state government subdivisions, such as conservation districts, water development districts, counties, and municipalities; universities; certain nonprofit organizations; and federally recognized Indian tribes. Other groups may participate by applying through one of the eligible entities as a project partner.

 

Entities interested in applying for Section 319 grant funds by the Oct. 1 deadline are encouraged to contact Kristopher Dozark with DANR at (605) 773-4254 or obtain application guidance at:

 

https://danr.sd.gov/Conservation/WatershedProtection/Section319/Guidance.aspx.

 

Grants require 40 percent local match.

 

Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act provides grants to reduce water pollution from nonpoint sources, such as polluted runoff from urban, agricultural and forest lands. Historically, DANR has used the Section 319 funds primarily to develop and implement projects designed to reduce nonpoint source pollution to meet Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). South Dakota water bodies in need of TMDLs are listed in the “2020 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment.” A copy of the report is available from the DANR website at:

 

https://danr.sd.gov/OfficeOfWater/SurfaceWaterQuality/docs/DANR_2020_IR_final.pdf.

 

Nonpoint source pollution originates from many sources, including heavily fertilized lawns, urban runoff that carries street and pet wastes, agricultural fields, small livestock operations and natural sources, such as highly erosive soils. The primary nonpoint source pollutants in South Dakota are sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen, and E. coli bacteria.

 

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