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James River water district meets today in Mitchell

The James River Water Development District will hold its regular Board of Directors meeting starting at 10 a.m. today at City Hall in Mitchell.

The agenda includes a funding request from the U.S. Geological Survey to study the climatic effects on streamflow characteristics in the eastern part of South Dakota. The project will be the second phase of a study conducted by the USGS and the South Dakota Water Science Center in Rapid City. It will specifically look at the role of climatic factors, such as the previous' years precipitation and temperature, to better explain changes in streamflow.

The study will cost $60,000 and the JRWDD will share 66 percent of that with East Dakota Water Development District, which is based in Brookings and covers the eastern part of the state including Watertown, Sioux Falls and Madison.

The board will also hear a funding request of $13,822 from the city of Hitchcock to construct and install a remote terminal meter on the city's water control system. The city's previous system failed twice this past winter, resulting a fire safety hazard.

The JRWDD meets six times a year, usually bimonthly starting in January each year. The May meeting is usually held in Mitchell.

The following is the board's agenda:

• Call to order, approval of agenda, previous meeting minutes

• Funding request from the city of Hitchcock

• Funding request from USGS

• Update on total maximum daily load (TMDL) activities on the James River

• District update from staff and directors, financial reports and 2013 audit acceptance from Department of Legislative Audit

• Board of Director and staff reimbursement, set July meeting time and adjournment.