MITCHELL - A task force studying drainage, watersheds, flood control and erosion is holding its first meeting Monday.

The Regional Watershed Advisory Task Force was created by the 2012 Legislature. The group's first meeting is planned for Monday at 9 a.m. at the Ramada Inn and Suites Conference Center in Mitchell.

Scheduled to speak are State Climatologist Dennis Todey (TAH'-dee) , Chris Hay of the South Dakota State University agricultural and biosystems engineering department, Clark Moeckly of the Upper Crow Creek Watershed District and Jeff Zimprich of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Officials with Brown, McCook, Kingsbury, and Yankton counties will also make presentations on drainage issues.

The task force will operate until January 2015.

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