PIERRE | The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting applications for grants to support projects aimed at improving water quality.

Officials say they expect about $2 million will be available for South Dakota projects. Conservation districts, water development districts, counties, cities, universities and American Indian tribes can apply for the grants through Oct. 1.

The grants from the federal Environmental Protection Agency require a 40 percent local funding match.

The federal Clean Water Act provides grants to reduce water pollution from nonpoint sources such as runoff from urban, agricultural and forest lands.

Such pollution comes from heavily fertilized lawns, urban street and pet wastes, agricultural fields and small livestock operations. The primary nonpoint source pollutants in South Dakota are sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen and fecal coliform bacteria.

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StephanieStrong

This is a waste of money and a lie. ·
As you can see an testing was done 05/2002 to 05/2003
Making the data a bit outdated.
The major sources bar chart on page 23 comes from a study
done in 2004 on the Missouri River I cannot find any pig farms
in area in question.
To determine the type of fecal matter1 Ribotyping ns needed
and the 2002 - 2003 testing did not do that they <Qlniy tested
for CFU (Colony forming Units)
On page 6, I noticed that the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids} and
the conductivity are identical. This is not possible the TDS can
be from .54 to .96 of the conductivity it can never be the
same.
The last part is informational to help understand bacteria and
water quality

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