Conservation Districts (South Dakota)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place South Dakota

Applies to States or Provinces South Dakota
Name Conservation Districts (South Dakota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector Local

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Last Review 2014-07-25
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A Conservation District can be established by petition of registered voters within the territory proposed for organization into the district, with the approval of the State Conservation Commission. Conservation Districts have the authority to develop annual and long range ten-year comprehensive plans for the conservation of all renewable natural resources and for the control and prevention of soil erosion, flood prevention, or the conservation and development, utilization, and disposal of soil and water within the district. A Conservation District may also cooperate with local governments to implement area-wide waste management systems.

Conservation Districts are overseen by the SD Department of Agriculture's Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry and the State Conservation Commission. These two entities are responsible for aiding the programs implemented by local Conservation Districts through education, funding, and technical assistance. They also review and make recommendations regarding all state and local natural resource development plans, and play a key role in enacting coordinated resource conservation plans throughout the state.

Policy Contact

Department South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts
Address P O Box 515
Place Presho, South Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 57568
Phone (605)895-4099
Fax (605)895-9424
Contact Name Ray Sowers, State Forester/Division Director
Department South Dakota Department of Agriculture
Division Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry
Address 523 E Capitol Avenue
Place Pierre, South Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 57501-3182
Phone 605.773.3623
Fax 605.773.4003
Department South Dakota Department of Agriculture
Division State Conservation Commission

Phone 605.773.3623


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: SDCL 38-7 (Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry)

Authority 2: SDCL 38-8 (Conservation Districts)

Authority 3: SDCL 38-8A (Soil Erosion and Sediment Damage Control)

Authority 4: SDAR 12:03 (State Conservation Commission)