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DANR Announces More Than $1.6 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $1,638,727 in grants for solid waste and water resource management projects.
“I am pleased to announce this financial assistance is available,” said DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts. “These grants will result in solid waste facility improvements and enhanced water resource management, helping protect our environment and natural resources.”
The grants will be administered by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Funds were awarded from DANR’s State Water Resources Management System and the Solid Waste Management Program to the following:
Custer Fall River Waste Management District received a $15,500 Solid Waste Management Program grant to supplement a $70,000 grant awarded in June 2021. Grant funds are being used for landfill cover and drainage improvements.
Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources received a $1,021,500 State Water Resources Management System grant to develop new groundwater observation wells for DANR’s Water Rights Program.
Pierre received a $172,000 Solid Waste Management Program grant to purchase a replacement scraper for the Pierre Regional Landfill. This grant and local funds will cover the cost of the equipment.
Sioux Falls received a $180,000 Solid Water Management Program grant to purchase a solid waste shredder for the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill. This grant and local funds will cover the cost of the equipment.
Watertown received a $249,727 State Water Resources Management System grant to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers effort to update the Watertown & Vicinity Big Sioux Flood Control Study originally completed in the 1990s.
The State Water Resources Management System identifies large water projects that require specific state or federal authorization. Actual funding amounts for each large water project are appropriated by the Legislature.
The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects. The Legislature annually appropriates dedicated water and waste funding for the Consolidated and Solid Waste programs through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.
The board approved the funding at today’s meeting in Pierre.