319 Implementation Project
The Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership has been involved in an EPA 319 (see link for more info on 319 projects) implementation project to reduce total suspended solids (TSS) in the Belle Fourche River and Horse Creek since 2005. To
date more than $9.1 million has been secured from several local, state
and federal sources to fund the watershed’s rehabilitation. This includes $2.5 million from EPA, $3.7 million from local participants and $2.9 million from other federal sources. Some
of the highlights from this project have been improved irrigation
conveyance in the Belle Fourche Irrigation District and range/riparian
improvement projects on ranching operations. For more information on 319 projects to date look in the documents section of this web site.
Currently the BFRWP is working on Segment IV of their 319 implementation project. The project will remain focused on improved irrigation conveyance and range/riparian rehabilitation. EPA
funds will be used for producer cost share for center pivots and
improved flood irrigation systems and livestock watering systems and
improved grazing practices and a public outreach component. Segment IV runs from June 2009 to June 2011.
Conservation Inavation Grant
In the fall
of 2007, the Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership received a
Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the national Natural Resources
Conservation Service office. The goal of this three year project is to
develop an on-line irrigation scheduling consultant for individual
producer’s fields within the Belle Fourche Irrigation District and
surrounding area. The on-line application provides producers with
up-to-date information on the amount of water available to their crop
and supplies a recommendation of the timing and depth of irrigation
applications. If you have interest in participating in the project,
please contact us. To learn more about the specifics of the project
visit the documents sectoin of this website.