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Conservation Compliance

 

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In order to maintain eligibility for most USDA programs, producers must comply with the Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions, agreeing they will not:

  • Produce an agricultural commodity on highly erodible land without an adequate conservation system;
  • Plant an agricultural commodity on a converted wetland;
  • Convert a wetland to make possible the production of an agricultural commodity.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is responsible for providing program participants technical assistance and determinations to assist them in complying with the provisions.

HELC Provision/WC Provision Contact

Name: Deke Hobbick

Title: Assistant State Conservationist for Compliance

Phone: 605-352-1287

Email: deke.hobbick@usda.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELC/WC Technical Resources

Given the geographical differences of wetlands, soils, and climate in each State; information and technical resources specific to South Dakota implementation of the HELC/WC provisions are provided below:

South Dakota

  • County Highly Erodible HEL Soil Lists

Aurora

Davison

Jackson

Perkins

Beadle

Day

Jerauld

Potter

Bennett

Deuel

Jones

Roberts

BonHomme

Dewey

Kingsbury

Sanborn

Brookings

Douglas Lake Shannon

Brown

Edmunds

Lawrence

Spink

Brule

Fall River

Lincoln

Stanley

Buffalo

Faulk

Lyman
North of White River

Sully

Butte

Grant

Lyman
South of White River

Todd

Campbell

Gregory

Marshall

Tripp

Charles Mix

Haakon

McCook

Turner

Clark

Hamlin

McPrherson

Union

Clay

Hand

Meade
Northern Part

Walworth

Codington

Hanson& Hutchinson

Meade
Southern Part

Washabaugh

Corson

Harding

Mellette

Yankton

Custer & Pennington
Black Hills

Hughes

Miner

Ziebach

Custer & Pennington
East of Cheyenne River

Hutchinson

Minnehaha

 

Custer & Pennington
West of Cheyenne River

Hyde

Moody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Offsite Methods (SOSM) for Wetland Determinations (Used to make wetland determinations and delineations on agricultural lands utilizing a variety of data, including aerial imagery and other resource inventory data.)

  • SOSM Technical Data
  1. Climatic Data for Normal Circumstances (Denotes years with normal precipitation used in the SOSM.)
  2. Normal Year for Wetland Sizing  (Denotes year of imagery in which wetland boundary will be based)
  3. Data Sheets (XLSX; 26.9 KB)

 

 

  1. State Policy
  2. Lateral Effects Calculator

 

Other South Dakota Resources

Hydrogeomorphic Functional Assessments (HGM) (Models that provide a functional assessment of a wetland)

South Dakota HELC/WC Fact Sheets

South Dakota Wetlands Questions and Answers (PDF; 613 KB)
South Dakota What You Need to Know About Wetlands (PDF; 1,226 KB)

 

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