James River board considers funds for several projects

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PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The James River Water Development District’s directors will consider helping fund two more projects when they gather next week.

One seeks $2,500 toward a $28,572 aquatic-insect survey in Marshall County.

The other requests $42,000 toward a $85,890 upgrade of the Emery municipal water tower.

The board meets Thursday, May 9, in Mitchell at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Office, 1420 North Main. 

The district’s manager, Dave Bartels, said a third request for a dam repair in Beadle County was removed from the agenda.

Under state law, South Dakota’s seven water development districts have elected boards and serve as clearinghouses for water quality and supply projects. Some of their funds come from property taxes.

The James River district currently covers all of Brown, Spink, Beadle Sanborn, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson and Yankton counties and many townships in Marshall and Aurora counties.

Dan Klimisch of Yankton is chairman of the James River board. Other members Dan Koupal of Mitchell, Randy Stanley of Groton, Mike Wiese of Aberdeen, Frank Amundson of Huron, Carol Millan of Mitchell, Robert Braun of Aberdeen, Clinton Bauer of Freeman and LeRoy Braun of Mellette.

The district headquarters is in Huron. The board helped fund more than two dozen projects in 2018.

Other water development districts in South Dakota law are Central Plains, East Dakota, South Central, West Dakota, West River and Vermillion Basin.

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