Funding from the James River Water Development District will expand efforts to improve water quality by helping to pay for a nitrate monitoring device on the James River near Huron and to continue the use of a second monitor near Yankton.
Board Chairman Dan Klimisch says monitoring river water for the level of nitrates present is a key factor in determining overall water quality.
Klimisch says along with providing more accurate test results, the monitors reduce the cost of the testing program.
Klimisch says in order to give early warning about possible flooding, a second monitoring program supported by the James River Water Development District helps to track water levels on the river.
Klimisch says the district has approved their 2021 operations budget of just over one million-fifty-one thousand dollars which includes no tax increase for the coming year.