Water Quality/Quantity

What agencies provide conservation programs to protect surface water in SD? What are the conservation practices these agencies implement?

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) monitors surface waters by assigning beneficial uses classification. Each beneficial use classification is for a particular use that SD residents utilize that surface water for. The uses range from domestic water supply to fish and wildlife habitat. Each beneficial use has assigned pollutant limits for pollutants such as total suspended solids, etc.

NRCS and partner agencies are completing Rapid Watershed Assessments to help set conservation priorities within a watershed in a quick and economical manner.

NRCS develops nutrient management plan and implement animal waste management systems.

DENR permits Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

FSA, NRCS, and DENR work with landowners to implement buffer strips and other conservation practices.

US Fish and Wildlife Service participates with landowners to place land under easement, install livestock water pipelines, and repair, renovate, replace, dams.

DENR and NRCS report the reduction in sediment delivery to waterbodies.

DENR reports nitrogen and phosphorus reductions due to EPA Section 319 efforts.

What agencies provide conservation programs to protect groundwater in SD? What are the conservation practices these agencies implement?

NRCS, SDDA, and USFWS work with landowners to install livestock water pipelines.

NRCS and other conservation partnerships work to convert flood irrigation lands to pivot systems.

SDDA, NRCS, USFWS, GFP, and DENR repair, renovate, replace, or build ponds and dams for stock water.

DENR and SDDA seal abandoned wells with larger diameter and flowing wells.