DENR board OKs $40,000 to James River Water District

DENR board OKs $40,000 to James River Water District
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved a $40,000 State Water Resources Management System grant to the James River Water Development District.�

The grant will help fund a feasibility study of the environmental impacts of potential activities designed to improve water quality and stream flow. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is completing the feasibility study and EIS at an estimated cost of $4 million.

The 2007 Legislature appropriated the $40,000 through Gov. Mike Rounds' annual Omnibus Water Funding Bill.


"Both Congress and the state Legislature have authorized the James River Restoration Project for the purposes of providing tributary drainage control, wetlands enhancement, riparian habitat development and minimum instream flows," said Gov. Rounds.�"These funds will help the James River Water Development District work with the Corps of Engineers to complete the federal studies needed to evaluate the project."

The South Dakota state legislature authorized the James River Restoration Project in 1992.�The authorization contains a state cost share commitment of $2.5 million to help with the nonfederal cost share. This $40,000 appropriation completes the state legislature's $2.5 million cost share commitment. The federal government is requiring the flood control feasibility study and EIS prior to the receipt of any additional federal funds.

The State Water Resources Management System identifies large water projects that require specific state or federal authorization.�The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to individual State Water Resources Management System projects through the Governor's Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

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