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South Dakota board approves funds for environmental projects

PIERRE (AP) -- The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $54.8 million in grants and loans for projects involving water and wastewater systems.

PIERRE (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $54.8 million in grants and loans for projects involving water and wastewater systems.

The board approved more than $14.6 million in grants and more than $40 million in loans for the projects.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the grants and loans will result in "better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment and enhanced protection of the environment."

The funding was awarded to cities, water systems and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Funding in part comes from fees and the sale of lotto tickets.

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