The Water Management Board has approved a total of 15 new water permits to seven applicants.

These unopposed applications were granted to Hostler Farms in Mt. Vernon, James Riley Wallingford in Rapid City, Aberdeen Energy LLC in Mina, Maxon H. Conkey in St. Lawrence, two to Joint Well Field Inc in Toronto, three to South Lincoln RWS Inc. in Beresford, and six to Hybrid Turkeys out of Toronto, Canada.

The board, part of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, held its latest meeting December 5 in Pierre. Members were updated by DENR staff on an irrigation questionnaire mailed to over 3,800 entities. Over 50 percent have been returned so far. Gathered information will be presented to the board at its next meeting, March 6, 2019. The board also discussed well driller and pump installer license renewals, which are issued for the calendar year.

Several water permit cancellation considerations were accepted. Some of these were due to non-construction, where applicants decided not to use the wells. One cancellation was the Watertown School District, stating that their well was no longer used as a backup water supply and it was no longer hooked up to their system.

Three future use reviews were accepted. The Weston Heights Homeowners Association, Rapid City, has been granted that its suburban use permit is to remain in effect to use the Madison Aquifer. The association used 35,108,200 gallons in 2017. Its permit has a cost of $75. The city of Rapid City has two municipal water use permits, using Rapid Creek, which will remain in effect. The one for 4,830 acre/feet annually comes at a fee of $465. The other, for 3,367 acre/feet annually, comes at a fee of $345. These two were recommended and accepted because, “there is a 1. Reasonable probability that there may be development of the water reserved under permit, 2. The city has demonstrated a reasonable need for the water, 3. The proposed use will be of benefitial use, and 4. It is in the public interest.”

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