First Small Dam Complete

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held September 18, 2003 on the first small dam structure that was installed by the Lake Pelican Water Project District. Over fifty people including representatives from Senators Daschle’s and Johnson’s office were on hand to listen as Steve Klein, from the Barr Engineering Company, explained the benefits and lower costs of a complete ‘watershed wide’ approach using multiple small structures and settling ponds. Klein says that structures like this control both the water volume and sediment movement in their designated area. This particular structure on the Davis Bones property services over 965 acres of watershed. It is located 2 ½ miles east of Interstate 29 on S.D. Hwy 20. The demonstration project has been deemed a success. Klein explains that the most naturalistic approach to solving water quantity and quality problems is also the most superior in recharging the Sioux River Aquifer System and reducing road maintenance throughout the watershed. Barr Engineering Company has over 200 similar past ‘watershed wide’ projects to the company’s credit. He explains that construction costs and maintenance costs are the least expensive of any other alternative methods when multiple structures are implemented. Mr. Wick thanked all the townships, counties, service groups, Walmart, wildlife groups and everyone involved with the Lake Pelican Water District for their part in getting the first structure on the ground. Plans are currently in process for the next 21 structures.