HURON – Cost-sharing assistance totaling $365,113 has been awarded to conservation districts and for tree planting efforts by the James River Water Development District.
The district awarded $23,853 to the U.S. Geological Survey for continued operation and maintenance of three stream flow gauging stations on the James River near Stratford, Redfield and Yankton.
The Beadle Conservation District was awarded $7,000 for a project to demonstrate various cropping systems, expected to improve soil health and water quality.
It will involve about five sites that are five acres each.
The project is designed to demonstrate the benefits of different cropping techniques to improve soil health by reducing runoff, increasing filtration and improving organic matter to bring the soils back into production.
Sanborn Conservation District was awarded $10,000 to purchase a grass seeding drill to assist operators with planting native grasses for conservation reserve program contracts, cover crops, food plots, wildlife habitat and other conservation programs.
The district awarded $157,500 for 2018 tree planting efforts throughout the district.
It awarded $2,010 to the Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Improvement and Protection Project to conduct in-lake water quality sampling of Clear Lake and Roy Lake.