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$172 million approved for environmental projects across South Dakota

Kevin Woster

The Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $172 million for programs addressing wastewater, storm water, solid waste and drinking water safety.

$20 million of that consists of grants. Over $10 million of the remaining low interest loan funds are subject to principle forgiveness from the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Nearly 40 different communities across the state will receive a portion of the funds. Those communities include Aberdeen, Alcester, Aurora, Clear Lake, Colton, Dakota Mainstem Regional Water System, Elkton, Faith, Gary, Green Valley Sanitary District, Hudson, Iroquois, Kadoka, Kingbrook Rural Water System, Lake Preston, Lincoln County Rural Water System, Mobridge, Niche Sanitary District, North Brookings Sanitary & Water District, Parker, Parkston, Pierre, Platte, Rapid City, Seneca, Sioux Falls, Sioux Rural Water System, South Eastern Council of Governments, Southern Black Hills Water System, Spring Creek/Cow Creek Sanitary District, Vermillion, Viborg, Water Investment in Norther South Dakota, Western Dakota Regional Water System, Winner and Worthing.

To learn more about each communities environmental efforts and the programs benefiting from the funding visit Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources website.

Zadya Abbott (she/her/hers) is a senior at the University of South Dakota studying Media and Journalism with a minor in Women and Gender Sexuality Studies. She is native to the southeastern corner of South Dakota. Zadya regards the journalism profession as one of noble service meant to objectively provide the public with information of interest.