Explore The Different Resources:

Learn About The Concerns:

Soil Erosion

  • Classic or Ephemeral Gully Erosion
  • Sheet and Rill Erosion
  • Streambank or Shoreline Erosion
  • Wind Erosion

Soil Quality Degradation

  • Compaction
  • Concentration of Salts or Other Chemicals
  • Organic Matter Depletion

Water Quantity

  • Runoff, Flooding, or Ponding
  • Seasonal High Water Table
  • Seeps
  • Inefficient Use of Irrigation Water

Water Quality

  • Elevated Water Temperature
  • Excess Chemicals, Manure, or Bio-Solids in Ground or Surface Water
  • Excess Sediment in Surface Water
  • Nutrients in Ground or Surface Water
  • Pesticides in Ground or Surface Water
  • Salts in Ground or Surface Water

Degraded Plant Condition

  • Excessive Plant Pressure
  • Inadequate Structure and Composition
  • Undesirable Plant Health and Productivity
  • Wildfire Hazard, Excessive Biomass Accumulation

Inefficient Energy Use

  • Equipment and Facilities
  • Farming/Ranching Practices and Field Operations

Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife

  • Habitat Degradation

Air Quality Impacts

  • Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)
  • Emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) and PM Precursors
  • Objectionable Odors

Take Action:

Help your conservation district identify what natural resource concerns should be a local priority.

South Dakota Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service