Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Board of Directors of the James River Water Development District met in Yankton yesterday to discuss issues related to the James River valley watershed. The board discussed increasing the amount of money paid to landowners who participate in the district’s enhanced C-R-P program or who are either constructing or repairing earthen dams and District Manager Dave Bartel says there are direct benefits from both programs in the form of improved water quality and less erosion of riverbanks. The board of directors discussed increasing the amount of money paid to landowners in the enhanced C-R-P program to seventy five percent above the federal program level as well as paying for seventy-five percent of dam construction or repair and Bartel says it is hoped that participation in both programs would be increased. Bartel says the James River Water Development District Board of Directors will take formal action on the two proposals at their next regular meeting set for September 11th in Aberdeen.
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