Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes

The ultimate goal of the South Dakota 319 watershed information and education project is clean water through watershed protection. The primary objective of the Information and Education Project is that citizens support and voluntarily participate in programs and practices that protect watersheds.

The measurable outcomes that will achieve this objective are:

Outcome 1. Increased awareness and/or knowledge of watershed ecology.

Outcome 2. Increased awareness of non-point source pollution causes, effects and remedies and awareness of and participation in non-point source best management practices.

Outcome 3. Increased capacity to deliver non-point source information and education.

For more information please contact Anne.


The SD Discovery Center through the 319 I&E Project offers the following watershed information and education resources:


The SD Discovery Center administrates provides several minigrant projects:

Minigrants to reach adult and community audiences. Please see www.sd319minigrants.com for more information.

Minigrants to provide teachers with supplies for GLOBE investigations.

Volunteer Monitoring

 A citizens monitoring project conducted through the East Dakota Water Development District.

Water Festivals: 

Funds are available to support a water festival or other festival style event for Grades 4-12 with a water component. Water Festivals that receive support from I&E are:

Sioux Empire. (Sioux Falls area)
Grades 4-5
March. Tuesday/Wednesday of University of Sioux Falls’ spring break
Contact: https://sewf.org/

Big Sioux Water Festival. (Brookings and surrounding counties.)
Grades 4-5
2nd Tuesday in May
Contact: http://www.bigsiouxwaterfestival.org/

Missouri River Watershed Festival. (Yankton_
Grades 7-12
Contact: Tim Cowman 

Vermillion River Days.
Grade 6
Contact: Grace Freeman

Northern Prairie Water Festival. (Aberdeen)
Grades 4-5
Third Thursday in September.
Contact: Lindsey.Simon@sd.nacdnet.net

Central South Dakota Water Festival. (Pierre/Ft. Pierre and surrounding counties.)
Grades 4-5
Fourth Tuesday of September
Contact: Anne Lewis


We provide professional development to educators and agency staff to equip them to integrate hands-on, high quality watershed learning into their outreach. We are happy to design a training for your educators or staff to meet specific needs. Please see our professional development page for information about scheduled workshop opportunities.

Earth Echo Water Challenge. 

The Earth Echo Water Challenge is an international project dedicated to building awareness of water quality through citizen monitoring. The 319 I&E Project supports Earth Echo Water Challenge by providing monitoring kits to schools, Scout groups, 4H clubs and other youth organization. Fill out this form to request kits. In filling out the form, you agree to respond to a short follow up survey, describing how the kits were used.


Envirothon is a natural resources competition for teams of 5 high school students. Students complete in skills and knowledge regarding aquatic ecology, soils, forestry, wildlife and a current issue.


Upcoming events

Thank you to the 
Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
Friends provide on going support so that the
children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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