JRWDD Projects

To download the application for project assistance please click here.

2014 Tree Planting Funding
March 13, 2014. The James River Water Development District has awarded an additional $6,500 2014 tree planting efforts. Beadle CD, Brown-Marshall CD, South Brown CD, Davison CD, Hanson CD, Hutchinson CD, Marshall CD, Sanborn CD, Spink CD and Yankton CD will each receive $6,500. Aurora CD which is shared with South Central Water Development District will receive $3,250. These funds will encourage producers to plant trees to improve the environment, for example; by protecting the soil, improving water quality and to establish wildlife habitat. For more information, contact your local Conservation District (CD).
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Hutchinson County Funding
March 13, 2014. The James River Water Development District has awarded $17,777.91 to a Hutchinson County landowner for two projects. The first project consists of repairing a dam 1 mile above the James River with a drainage area of 1,015 acres in North Wittenburg Township The second project consists of repairing a dam 1 .4 from the James River with a drainage area of 392 in North Wittenburg Township.
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Beadle County Lake Byron Watershed District Funding

March 13, 2014. The James River Water Development District has awarded $5,000 to Lake Byron Watershed District for technical assistance on improving their wastewater system. The Lake Byron Watershed District is in the process of adding a sewer system.
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Yankton County Funding
March 13, 2014. The James River Water Development District awarded an additional $11,000 to a landowner in Yankton County who was previously awarded $10,000 to repair a dam. The additional funding is to build a new dam downstream. The new dam will be 1 mile south of the James River and the old dam will be left in place for silt retention. _____________________________________________________________

United States Geological Gaging Stations Funding
January 15, 2014. The District entered into a joint funding agreement in the amount of $21,970 with the United States Geological Survey for operation and maintenance of three stream flow gaging stations on the James River near Stratford, Redfield and Yankton. These funds will provide quality hydrologic data in a timely and professional manner. The funds will be matched by US Geological Survey and the City of Huron (Redfield Gage).
What is a gaging station: Click here
Click here for current stream flow conditions.
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2014 Tree Planting Funding

November 14, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded $61,750 to the Conservation Districts within the James River Water Development District for 2014 tree planting efforts. Each of the nine full counties within the JRWDD will received $6,500 (Beadle, Brown, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Marshall, Sanborn, Spink and Yankton. Aurora County which is shared with South Central Water Development District will receive $3,250. These funds will encourage producers to plant trees to improve the environment, for example; by protecting the soil, improving water quality and to establish wildlife habitat. For more information, contact your local Conservation District.
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Aurora County Town of Stickney Funding
November 14, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded $2,000 to the Town of Stickney in Aurora County for a comprehensive study of the town’s water system. The study evaluates Stickney’s water supply, storage, and distribution system and recommends improvements to ensure the town’s residents and businesses will continue to receive quality water.
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Beadle County Funding

September 12, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded the Town of Yale in Beadle County $100,000 in contingency funds for wastewater improvements. The funds will be used for a new lagoon and replacing wastewater lines in town. These improvements will prevent future leakage of the lagoon into the local stream systems.
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Brown County Funding
September 12, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded The City of Aberdeen $50,000 in project assistance funds for rip-rap on the Elm River. This project will construct a rip-rap berm at the oxbow on the Elm River just upstream of the City of Aberdeen water treatment plant. This project will stabilize the river channel and banks while creating an oxbow bypass with the filter berm.
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Hutchinson County (Kassel Township) Funding
September 12, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded the Hutchinson County Highway Department $20,000 in project assistance funds for flood damage repairs in Kassel Township. The funds will be used to place smaller culverts inside of two current culverts that have been damaged due to the vast amounts of water which has flown through them over the last couple of years. By re-lining these culverts the roadbed will not be disturbed.
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Hutchinson County (Foster Township) Funding
September 12, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded $564 to a landowner in Foster Township in Hutchinson County to repair an existing dam. This dam sits approximately ¾ mile above the James River and almost a section of land drains into this dam. Through the last few years the amount of drainage going through this dam has weakened the tube.
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Hutchinson County Funding
September 12, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded $22,394 for rip rap on a newly constructed berm to stabilize the bank in Hutchinson County. The berm protects public school buildings, residential dwellings and lagoons. _____________________________________________________________

Spink County Funding

July 11, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded Spink County project assistance funds in the amount of $100,000 for berm erosion repairs at County Bridge 58-153-030, 58-190-258 and 58-200-287. Due to flooding on the James River in the last few years the berms of the bridge crossings are eroded. The repairs to the project sites would consist of rebuilding the berms with compacted clay fill, placing drainage fabric and rip rap on each berm. The funding will prevent future erosion and prevent damage to the bridges. These funds will be matched by Spink County.
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Hutchinson County (Molan Township) Funding
July 11, 2013. The James River Water Development District awarded $6,000 to a landowner in Molan Township in Hutchinson County to repair an existing dam. The dam collects silt, chemical runoff and will also control the runoff for approximately two sections of drainage. These funds will be matched by the landowner.
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City of Ashton Funding
May 16, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded the City of Ashton in Spink County, project assistance funds in the amount of $50,000 to replace the City’s old cistern. The project includes installing a new concrete water storage, installing piping, pumps and controls and engineering costs for construction, design and bidding. 
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City of Conde Funding
May 16, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded the City of Conde in Spink County, $17,500 to purchase and install a standby generator and transfer witch for the City’s sanitary sewer lift station.  Without a standby generator the City is at risk of sewage backing up in the event of power outages.  The City of Conde recently completed a sanitary sewer improvements project, however the funding applications for State and Federal funds did not include the standby generator and therefore the generator could not be paid for by those programs.
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Yankton County Funding
May 16, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded $17,250 to landowners in Odessa Township in Yankton County for three (3) dam repair projects.  The first project is to repair a silt and manure retention dam which is located ¼ mile from the James River.  This dam will collect silt and manure and also trap trees and branches from the pasture.  The second project is located in a pasture ½ mile from the James River.  This dam will collect silt, manure and control the runoff for miles of drainage.  The third project is located 1 mile above the James River and will collect silt and manure and will also control the runoff for approximately 360 acres of drainage.




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Beadle County Funding
March 14, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded Beadle County project assistance funds in the amount of $80,000 for berm erosion at County Bridge 03-252-200, 03-265-240, and 03-281-270. Due to flooding on the James River in the last few years the berms of the bridge crossings are eroded. The County has eight bridges over the James River. The repair projects would consist of rebuilding the berms with compacted clay fill, placing drainage fabric and rip rap on each berm. The funding will prevent future erosion and prevent damage to the bridges. These funds will be matched by Beadle County.
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Putney Township Funding

March 14, 2013. The James River Water Development District has awarded Putney Township, located in Brown County, $11,707 for installation of 2-60” culverts in a berm along the James River with flapgates and 2-60” culverts in the adjacent township road to improve drainage, floodplain management and water quality. These funds will be matched by Putney Township and Mud Creek Watershed District

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United States Geological Gaging Stations Funding

November 13, 2012. The District entered into a joint funding agreement in the amount of $21,300 with the United States Geological Survey for operation and maintenance of three stream flow gaging stations on the James River near Stratford, Redfield and Yankton. These funds will provide quality hydrologic data in a timely and professional manner. The funds will be matched by US Geological Survey and the City of Huron (Redfield Gage).
What is a gaging station: Click Here
Current stream flow conditions: Click Here
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2013 Tree Planting Funding
November 13, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $61,750 to the Conservation Districts within the James River Water Development District for 2013 tree planting efforts. Each of the nine full counties within the JRWDD will received $6,500 (Beadle, Brown, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Marshall, Sanborn, Spink and Yankton. Aurora County which is shared with South Central Water Development District will receive $3,250. These funds will encourage producers to plant trees to improve the environment, for example; by protecting the soil, improving water quality and to establish wildlife habitat. For more information, contact your local Conservation District.
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Hutchinson County (Kaylor Township) Funding
November 13, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $12,320 to a landowner in Hutchinson County, approximately 6 miles west of Olivet, to repair an existing breached dam on Lone Tree Creek in the James River Watershed. These funds will improve water quality by reducing sedimentation based pollutants from entering the Lone Tree Creek drainage system. These funds will be matched by the landowner.



Hutchinson County (Molan Township) Funding

November 13, 2012. The James River Water Development District awarded $5,407 to a landowner in Molan Township in Hutchinson County to rebuild and reconstruct an earth dam. These funds will improve water quality by preventing silt and other runoff from entering the James River. These funds will be matched by the landowner

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Sanborn County Funding

November 13, 2012. The District awarded Sanborn County $9,794 to make drainage improvements in Letcher Township within Sanborn County by installing tiling north of Letcher. These funds are contingent upon approval of additional funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The improvements are designed to improve the flow of surface water more efficiently toward the James River. These funds will help prevent water from blocking access to the Town of Letcher and prevent water stagnation.

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Brown County Funding

November 13, 2012. The District awarded Brown County Mud Creek Watershed District $25,000 for surveying Mud Creek from the Spink County line north to determine where there may be areas that are impeding the flow of the creek. This surveying is the first step in a general improvement plan on Mud Creek. _____________________________________________________________

Hutchinson County Funding

September 11, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded Hutchinson County Highway Department project assistance funds in the amount of $15,607.50 for bank stabilization, going up stream from County Bridge 34-241-218. In the past few years the high flows of the James River has done considerable damage and erosion to the banks and pillars. The funding will help stop bank erosion which will prevent more debris from entering into the watershed and preventing damage to the bridge. The funds will be matched by Hutchinson County.

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Hutchinson County Funding
September 11, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded Maxwell Colony in Hutchinson County project assistance funds in the amount of $37,875 for bank stabilization upstream from County Bridge 34-241-218. In this area the bank is moving back at a rate of three-foot per year. The funding will help protect the bridge, protect hog buildings, lagoons and ground well. The funds will be matched by Maxwell Colony.

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Beadle County Funding
September 11, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded Beadle County project assistance funds in the amount of $80,000 for berm erosion at County Bridge 03-258-060 and County Bridge 03-286-120. Due to flooding on the James River in the last few years the berms of the bridge crossings are eroded. The County has eight bridges over the James River. The County has repaired two of these sites and has one awaiting contract to be repaired. There are five bridges remaining which are in need of berm repair. The repair projects would consist of rebuilding the berms with compacted clay fill, placing drainage fabric and rip rap on each berm. The funding will prevent future erosion and prevent damage to the bridges. These funds will be matched by Beadle County.








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Hutchinson County Funding

July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $12,000 in funding for assistance with rebuilding a dam in a pasture in Capital Township. The funding will help reconstruct the dam will help protect water quality and prevent silt and other runoff from entering the River. The funds will be matched by a local landowner.



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Beadle County Funding
July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $10,492 in funding for assistance with repairs on the auxiliary spillway on the Diversion Dam. Landowners, irrigators and all concerned parties have agreed on holding the capacity of the reservoir at 4,875 acre-feet and spillway crest elevation of 1240.5. The funding will help with the many functions that the Diversion Dam is used for; water source for irrigators, family recreational area, flood control and sediment trap. The funds will be matched by the Bureau of Reclamation and landowners.



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Mid Dakota Rural Water System Funding
July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $52,500 in funding to Mid Dakota Rural Water System for engineering costs related to bidding, design and inspection of constructing a 150,000 gallon water storage tank in Spink County. This project will enable the residents in the area to have access to safe and reliable water services. These funds will be matched by Mid Dakota Rural Water System.
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City of Huron Funding
July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $26,025 in funding assistance for engineering costs for the construction of a 500,000 gallon water storage tank east of Huron to serve current and future industries. This project will provide a reliable water supply and water pressure to water users in the area. These funds will be matched by the city of Huron and Dakota Provisions.
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Brown County Funding (1)
July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $1,425 in funding assistance for repairing 9 berm breaches along the James River that occurred during the flooding of 2011. This project is located on the east side of Cambria Township. These funds will help improve water quality, wetland restoration, floodplain management and storm water management and improve fish habitation. These funds will be matched by Brown County.

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Brown County Funding (2)
July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District also awarded $5,307.97 in funding assistance for repairing a berm breach along the James River that occurred during the flooding of 2011. This project is located east of Columbia. These funds will help improve water quality, wetland restoration, floodplain management and storm water management, improves fish habitation and protects Brown County Highway 11. These funds will be matched by Brown County.
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Enhanced CRP Program Funding
July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District also awarded $50,000 for further enhancements to the Conservation Reserve Program from Yankton County north to Brown and Marshall Counties. The funding is meant to entice producers to improve conditions of creeks, streams, and the James River by fencing off waterways and help with alternative watering systems for pastures. For more information on the program contact Dave Bartel.
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Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Implementation Program
July 10, 2012. The James River Water Development District also awarded $67,002 to the ongoing TMDL Program on the Lower James River. The goal of the Lower James River Implementation Project is to restore and protect the water quality of the Lower James and its watershed. The project aims to reduce the nutrient, sediment, and bacteria loads of the James River, along with its tributaries and lakes within the watershed. For more information on the TMDL Implementation Program contact David Kringen.
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City of Groton Funding

May 8, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $20,000 in funding to the City of Groton. Over the years silt, vegetation, fallen trees, and trash has collected in this floodway and delayed the flow of water. This project’s objective is to study the West Ditch area in and around the city of Groton and to proceed with cleaning and leveling of this creek to improve drainage and reduce stagnate water. Farmers, landowners and the newly formed Mud Creek Watershed District will pay all additional costs of the engineering, contractors and cleanup.
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Hutchinson County Funding
May 8, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $5,000 in funding for assistance with rebuilding a silt retention dam. The funding will help reconstruct the dam and will help protect water quality and prevent silt and other runoff from entering the River. The James River Water Development District also awarded $9,500 in funding for assistance with rebuilding a dam located above Menno Lake. The funding will help reconstruct the dam and will help protect the water quality of Menno Lake. The funds will be matched by the landowners.







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Tripp Lake Association Funding
May 8, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $20,000 in funding to Tripp Lake Association for bank stabilization and erosion control on Tripp Lake in Hutchinson County. This project will help improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitation and enhance recreational resources. These funds will be matched by Tripp Lake Association, City of Tripp, SD School & Public Lands, Game Fish and Parks and donations.





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Cottonwood Lake Association Funding
May 8, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $50,000 in funding assistance for help with bank stabilization and reducing bank erosion. The goal of this project is to enhance water-based recreation, protect water quality and promote fish habitat. These funds will be matched by Cottonwood Lake Homeowners.

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Brown County Funding
May 8, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $2,500 in funding assistance for removal of tree debris from bridge BR234. The project will allow for the flow of the James River in the channel along this area of the river without obstruction and help ease flooding in the area. The James River Water Development District also awarded $9,750 in funding assistance for removal of Bridge 235 and removal of tree debris caught in the bridge. The bridge is in very poor condition and has been closed to traffic since 1981. The project will allow for the flow of the James River and help ease flooding in the area. These funds will be matched by Brown County.

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2012 Tree Planting Funding
March 15, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $65,000 in funding to the Conservation Districts within the Water Development District to aid producers with their tree plantings this season. These monies will be made available to the producers through their local Conservation District. Each of the nine full counties in the James River Water Development District will receive $6,500 (Beadle, Brown, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Marshall, Sanborn, Spink and Yankton). Those counties that we share with South Central Water Development District and East Dakota Water Development District will receive $3,250 (Aurora and Miner). For more information please contact the James River Water Development District office in Huron or your local Conservation District.
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Mansfield Water Users Association (MWUA)
March 15, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $35,000 in funding for assistance with construction costs related to building a new distribution system for drinking water for MWUA. Since the town of Mansfield isn’t incorporated as a municipality, it lacks taxing authority and can’t pledge money for repaying a state government loan. MWUA has submitted an application to DENR for funding assistance through the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program. Total cost of the project is estimated at $160,700. This project will enable the residents to have access to safe and reliable water service.
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United States Geological Survey
March 15, 2012. The James River Water Development District has partnered with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for operation and maintenance of three streamflow gaging stations on the James River near Stratford, James River near Redfield, and James River near Yankton. The JRWDD’s share of the program will be $20,680 and will be matched by $20,680 of the USGS’s cooperative funds. The gages will provide quality hydrologic data in a timely and professional manner. To view the hydrological data at these sites or other sites along the James River, please click here to visit.
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Brown County removal of debris and bridge
January 11, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $11,500 in funding assistance for help with removal of debris and the bridge on the James River at Tacoma Park. These funds will be matched by Brown County. The bridge is currently closed to any type of vehicle or foot traffic. Currently the bridge acts as a dam collecting debris causing erosion and sediment concerns; removing the bridge will allow the James River to flow as needed.

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Yankton County: Riverbank repair
January 11, 2012. The James River Water Development District has awarded $10,960.50 in funding assistance for help with a dyke repair in west Yankton County. Fixing the dyke will prevent waste material from running into the James River and effecting the water quality of the River.

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To download the application for project assistance please click here.

Instructions For Project Assistance to Aid in the
Restoration of the James River Watershed & Ecosystem

2011 (Approved 5/17/2011)

The James River Water Development District routinely provides project assistance funding
to local project sponsors. This application will assist the Board of Directors in ranking projects which will guide funding decisions.

Eligible applicants include State Agencies, Counties, Municipalities, Conservation Districts, Non-profit organizations and individuals located within district boundaries.

Eligible projects include water and conservation related projects that meet the authorized Priorities of the District as defined by South Dakota Law and the James River Board of Directors. The following is an excerpt of district policy regarding project assistance funding and the applicable South Dakota law.

The JRWDD plans and implements programs and projects that support the restoration of the James River Watershed and Ecosystem.

The JRWDD’s role is to serve as the principal guide for the expenditure of water development revenues, to influence federal funding decisions to follow local policies and priorities, and to identify areas for technical assistance. The projects that are approved will lead to the successful completion of our mission and be consistent with our highest District Priority.


The Restoration of the James River Watershed and Ecosystem

The James River Water Development District will seek to accomplish this progressive priority by focusing on projects associated with:

• Water Quality
• Economy
• Wildlife
• Social, Recreational and Cultural Resources

Support for Water Projects:


The Board of Directors of the District may provide technical and/or financial assistance, cooperate or contract with any individual, state, or subdivision (this includes counties) thereof, federal agency, or private or public corporation to carry out the intent and purposes of Chapters 46A-3A to 46A-3E, inclusive, of South Dakota Codified Law.

46A-3A-1.1.   Districts to promote conservation, development and management of resources--serve as clearinghouse for water quality and supply projects. Water development districts shall promote the conservation, development, and proper management of district water resources according to district priorities and shall serve as a district-wide clearinghouse authority for water quality and supply projects through technical, organizational and financial assistance to prospective and existing project sponsors and through recommending projects for inclusion in the state water plan, and through other appropriate actions accomplish the purposes of chapters 34A-2, 34A-3A, 34A-6, 34A-9, chapters 46A-3A to 46A-3E, inclusive, and chapters 46A-1 and 46A-2.

Applicants that are considering submitting a request for project assistance are encouraged to contact the District office for a preliminary discussion regarding the type of project they are considering. In addition to the requirements of South Dakota Law, the district also has a few basic requirements related to project eligibility. The application for funding must occur prior to project completion. The district reviews each project on its own merits, but does not normally fund more than 50% or an equal amount to the project sponsor contribution, whichever is less. The district requires a description of the project, its purpose, project schedule, source of non-district funds, budgetary estimate, method of contracting, and copies of any official actions or resolutions passed by the sponsor. Applicants are requested to make submittals a minimum of two weeks prior to the next board meeting to be considered at that board meeting. Applications received less than two weeks prior to a board meeting will be considered at the next following meeting. Applicants are encouraged to have a representative in attendance at the board meeting to answer questions.

Applicants are to use the attached form when applying for project assistance funding. Applications are to be filled out electronically for submittal. For more complex projects, additional supporting documents (construction plans, engineer’s estimate, copies of contracts, budget resolutions, etc.) should be attached to the application.

Eligibility

Projects must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding. Eligibility criteria include:

1) Any private landowner or entity (public or private) can apply
2) Projects must be consistent with the priorities of the District

Examples of projects include but are not limited to:
• Restoration of the James River
• Water Quality Improvements    
• Removing contaminants in streams to provide safe drinking water
• New Construction of Sanitary sewer projects (when impairing water quality)
• Infrastructure development to improve stream flow or water quality
• Lake improvements that improve water quality
• Drainage Improvements
• Water-based recreation
• Engineering or environmental studies to bridge information gaps

The key is that any project needs to

3) Maintenance projects are not eligible
a. Maintenance projects are determined at the discretion of the board
b. Examples of maintenance include cameras in sewer lines or road and bridge projects away from streams

4) Improvements & repairs are eligible

5) At least 50% matching funds must be in place before submitting an application
(at the discretion of the Board)

After completing your application for project assistance, mail the form and
any attachments (pictures, maps, etc) to:


James River Water Development District
PO Box 849
Huron, SD 57350
or fax to 605-352-0600
or email to jrwdd@midconetwork.com