In FY2019, the South Dakota Water Resources Institute (SD WRI) USGS 104b small grant research program funded research totaling approximately $42,127. Five pre-proposals were submitted in FY2019. All pre-proposals were reviewed by five reviewers, representing the South Dakota DENR, South Dakota NRCS, South Dakota Corn Council, East Dakota Water Development District, and RESPEC Consulting & Services
The following four proposals were selected for funding under the FY2019 SDSU WRI 104b research grant program:
Assessment and Improvement of Performance of Septic Systems in Cold Climates. Lead PI: Dr. S. Geza South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Improvement of Denitrification Bioreactor Performance Using Weathered Woodchips. Lead PI: Dr. G. Hua, South Dakota State University
Evaluating and predicting the risk of algal blooms in South Dakota Lakes using remote sensing (Year 2). Lead PI: Dr. R. McDaniel, South Dakota State University.
Mitigating Impacts of Excess Water Quantity through Improved Soil Health. Lead PI: Dr. J. McMaine, South Dakota State University.
The U.S. Department of Interior has not yet appropriated the funds to the State Water Resources Research Institute Programs. Therefore, there has not yet been a final determination of the funding amount the SD WRI will have available for FY2020 grant awards. We will be proceeding with the assumption that the SD WRI will fund research for an approximate total of $50,000. That dollar amount is subject to change, depending on Congressional funding.