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Published July 06, 2011, 10:32 PM

SD calls for applications for water grants

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support projects designed to improve water quality.

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support projects designed to improve water quality.

The department expects about $2 million will be available for projects in South Dakota. The federal grants require a 40 percent match.

Counties, cities, American Indian tribes, conservation districts, water development districts, universities and some nonprofit organizations can apply for the grants. Grant applications must be received by Oct. 1.

The grants are authorized by the federal Clean Water Act to reduce water pollution from nonpoint sources, such as polluted runoff from urban, agricultural and forest land.

Nonpoint source pollution comes from heavily fertilized lawns, city runoff that carries pet and street waste, farm fields, small livestock operations and highly erosive fields.

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