BROOKINGS – Recently, it was announced that Barry Berg, a watershed project coordinator for the East Dakota Water Development District, has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC).
The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
The FRRCC addresses specific topics of relevance to agriculture as identified by the agricultural counselor to the administrator, and reports its policy advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator through the agricultural counselor. Committee members include representatives from academia, industry (e.g., agriculture and allied industries), non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments.
Berg has been engaged in watershed assessment and restoration efforts in eastern South Dakota for over 20 years, and for the past 16 years has guided efforts focused on protecting, improving and restoring water quality under the auspices of the Big Sioux River Watershed Implementation Project.
The project is supported (technically and financially) by a broad coalition of local, state and federal partners, working with landowners on the voluntary adoption of a range of best management practices that benefit both the operator and the public at large.
Project efforts have resulted in demonstrable improvement to the quality of water in the area.