James River Water Development District Nitrate Monitoring Program

The James River Water Development District has announced plans to begin a program to monitor the river for nitrates near Yankton.

Chairman Dan Klimisch says if excessive amounts of nitrates are found both ag producers and the general public would benefit from seeing those numbers reduced.

The program could be expanded in the future and Klimisch says because Yankton is the furthest downstream point on the James River, it is the ideal location to begin the monitoring.

Klimisch says the James River Water Development District will spend about thirteen thousand dollars to rent the monitoring equipment for the first year with that price tag expected to decline in the future.