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The James River Water District District awarded $10,000 to the Sanborn Conservation District for purchasing a grass seeding drill to assist operators in the county with planting native grasses for CRP contracts, cover crops, food plots, wildlife habitat, and other conservation programs.
These plantings, along with future plantings, will improve the water quality by reducing soil erosion and nutrient runoff.

Huron – Chairman Dan Klimisch of Yankton announces that the James River Water Development District Board of Directors will be holding their regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 251 4th Street SW in Huron, at 9 a.m.
Items on the agenda are:
1. Funding request from US Geological Survey for operation and maintenance of three streamflow gaging stations on the James River.
2. Funding request from Town of Volin for a study for improvements on their wastewater system.
3. Funding request from Town of Langford for engineering, legal, administrative and testing for water distribution improvements in the Town of Langford.
4. Funding request from Beadle Conservation District for soil health and water quality demo project.
5. Funding request from Sanborn Conservation for a grass drill.
6. Funding request from Conservation Districts for 2018 tree planting efforts.
7. Funding request from Northeast Glacial Lakes Watershed Protection and Improvement for water quality testing.
8. Update on the Wolsey IBA NAWCA project.
9. Update on 2017 water sampling from DENR.
10. Update on the South Central Watershed Project.
11. District update from staff, directors and chairman.
12. Executive session (if needed).
13. Any other business that may come before the Board.

Pictured, left to right, are: back row, Jim Davis, Mark Snedeker, Chairman of the Sanborn County Conservation District, and Kent Vlieger, NRCS District Conservationist for Sanborn County; front row, Julie Davis, Bernie Davis, Jack Davis and John Davis.

The Sanborn County Conservation District nominated the Davis Ranch to the South Dakota Conservation Commission for Award Winning Soil Conservation Farm/Ranch.
The Davis Ranch is deserving of this award because of their extensive management. Their grasslands are managed for sustainable productivity by their measures in cross fencing and the installment of solar pumps, pipes, tanks and wells. They are also taking expired CRP and turning it into grasslands for grazing. They have a no-till crop rotation and utilize cover crops to enhance soil stability.
The extensive management practices that the Davis Ranch has had in place for the last five generations make them well deserving of the South Dakota Conservation Award.
The Sanborn County Conservation District Board, along with Kent Vlieger, NRCS District Conservationist for Sanborn County, presented the award to the Davis Family.