Open seat on James River board filled

Farm Forum

Robert Brown of Brown County will fill open seat Area 2 of the James River Water Development District.

He was appointed to replace Larry Lovrien during the annual meeting of the board of directors on Jan. 9 in Pierre.

Brown will be a voting member of the board to help make decisions, said Randy Grismer, secretary for the board.

Because of redistricting, Lovrien no longer lives in Area 2 and could not seek re-election. Lovrien has since won election as the Brown County state’s attorney.

Other actions by the board include election of 2013 officers, which are unchanged from last year:

· Randy Stanley of Groton, chairman.

· Carol Millan of Mitchell, vice chairman.

· Randy Grismer of Aberdeen, secretary.

· Gary Boomsma of Wolsey, treasurer.

The board also received an update on the water quality and pollution levels in the James River.

It received a report on the total maximum daily load, which is the maximum amount of any one type of contaminant in the water, Grismer said.

“Honestly, we monitor them all the time, and there are many different water ways in the James River water area that have polluntant levels we would consider undesireable,” he said.

Grismer describes the report as a quick update at the meeting.

“It’s difficult to do much with it in the winter time,” he said, adding that many of the waterways and tributaries are dry now.