The Missouri River Restoration Act of 2000 was included in Public Law 541 otherwise known as the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (more commonly known as WRDA 2000). Title IX creates the Missouri River (South Dakota) Task Force, which is to provide advice and recommendations to the Corps of Engineers relating to the use of Title IX funds. These federal funds are made available for conservation, sediment control and the protection from erosion of historical and cultural sites along the Missouri River.
The purpose of the law is to reduce the siltation of the Missouri River. Title IX of WRDA 2000 addresses those needs in South Dakota. Title VII of WRDA 2000 addresses those needs in North Dakota.
Another purpose is to meet the objectives of the Pick-Sloan program by developing and implementing a long-term strategy:
- to improve conservation in the Missouri River watershed;
- to protect recreation on the Missouri River from sedimentation;
- to improve water quality in the Missouri River;
- to improve erosion control along the Missouri River; and
- to protect Indian and non-Indian historical and cultural sites along the Missouri River from erosion.
Currently, the Title IX Task Force of South Dakota is identifying potential projects. Funding is limited at this time. Meetings are not expected to be scheduled until the current appointments are verified by the Corps.
Find the original legislation in 106th Congress Public Law 541. (Water Resources Development Act of 2000)
MSAC conducted a survey to assist the Task Force in its work. MSAC members, legislators, water districts, cities, counties, tribes and others along with the general public were encouraged to respond to the survey. There were 74 people who submitted responses.
View the Survey Report Here
Nearly all the survey respondents (97.3%) support best management practices on tributaries/watershed to decrease sediment inflow as one way to address sedimentation.
MSAC created a Title IX handout to assist with educating the public about the workings of Title IX. Much more needs to be learned and discussed.
Click here to view MSAC’s Title IX Fact Sheets
The document utilized to fulfill the initial assessment requirement outlined by federal legislation was the Natural Resources Conservation Service – Phase II Sedimentation Assessment for the Upper Missouri River Basin, which was completed in cooperation with MSAC dated June 2009. The Phase II assessment is available below. The next step for the Task Force, is the Feasibility Phase. The Task Force is to recommend potential projects to the Corps of Engineers for consideration to proceed into feasibility subject to the availability of funds. In the Feasibility Phase, the first $100K of the feasibility study is 100% Federally funded. Beyond that amount, the cost share is 50% Federal and 50% Non federal. Up to 50% of the non Federal share may be provided in the form of services, materials, or other in kind contribution. No Federal funds in excess of $100,000 will be incurred by the government without a Project Partnership Agreement.
Click here to read the Phase II NRCS report.
In 2013, the South Dakota Missouri River Title IX Task Force developed a list of considerations to review in relation to proposed projects. It is an effort to define the goals and objectives of the Task Force.
To reduce current and future sedimentation in South Dakota above Gavins Point Dam outside of the Missouri River federal project boundary primarily supporting projects that produce flood risk management and ecosystem restoration outputs and protects tribal and non-tribal historic and cultural sites.