Success Spotlight: Choteau Creek
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Choteau Creek in South Dakota. Erosion from agricultural land led to excess sedimentation in South Dakota's Choteau Creek, impairing water quality for aquatic life. As a result, in 2004 South Dakota added 42 miles of Choteau Creek to the state's list of impaired waters for total suspended solids and dissolved oxygen concentrations. Local, state and federal partners implemented agricultural best management practices, such as animal waste management systems, grazing management, and riparian restoration and protection. Landowners also utilized cropland filter strips, converted cropland to permanent grass cover, and used grassed waterways to reduce soil erosion. Water quality had since improved, prompting the state to remove Choteau Creek from the impaired waters list for dissolved oxygen and total suspended solids in 2008 and 2012. Click here for more information.