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Pierre Creek Watershed EQIP Project Announces Batching Date

Ryan Alley, District Conservationist | (605) 996-1564, Ext. 3

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, S.D., November 12, 2021 –The Pierre Creek Watershed Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) Project will soon be underway in Hanson County, South Dakota, serving the community and improving land and water quality. This three-year project is one of 17 selected in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and federally-funded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. The purpose of this project is to address multiple resource concerns within the Pierre Creek Watershed and will be implemented by the local NRCS in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, and landowners. Farmers, ranchers, and landowners within the project areas are eligible to apply for financial assistance. While applications are accepted year-round, the batching date for applications for FY2022 funding is December 11, 2021.

Conservation specialists and partners are coordinating these projects throughout the state. Through collectively focusing expertise and resources on the highest priority resource concerns in the highest priority areas, CIS projects can yield the most effective returns. Collaborative funding and support from other partners and groups create a coordinated community effort and focus on mutual concerns. This project partners with Hanson County Conservation District to directly benefit Pierre Creek, Hanson Lake, the James River, and the farmers and ranchers within the watershed. Project sponsors identified Soil Quality Degradation, Water Quality Degradation, Degraded Plant Condition and Livestock Production Limitation as resource concerns and developed this project to improve the quality of soil and water. Some of the more common practices include, but are not limited to, Livestock Water Development, Fence, Cover Crops, Nutrient and Pest Management, Conservation Crop Rotation, and Reduced-Till.

“Working cooperatively with the producers in Hanson County is a vital part of increasing conservation on the local level to not only benefit the overall county and watershed, but each producer’s profitability and sustainability,” says Ryan Alley, NRCS District Conservationist in Mitchell, South Dakota.

To apply to be a part of this project, find and contact your local NRCS Service Center at, or contact Ryan Alley at (605) 996-1564, Ext. 3. For more information on the CIS in South Dakota, or if you have ideas for a project, visit, or contact Jeff Vander Wilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, at or (605) 352-1226.

The USDA’s Service Centers are open for business. Farmers, ranchers, and landowners can call or e-mail to make in-person appointments at USDA Service Centers across the country. Find and contact your local NRCS Service Center at