State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Environment
Legislature decides recreational use of non-meandered waters
Following a Supreme Court ruling, Attorney General Marty Jackley issued a letter to state legislators to ensure they are aware of the decisions they'll likely be discussing starting in 2018. March's Supreme Court ruling explained the South Dakota
Legislature must determine whether members of the public may enter or use any of the non-meandered water or ice overlying private property for any recreational use, such as angling.
The ruling set a legal precedent following a court battle in which a
landowner became upset that anglers were accessing private land from public property due to lakes expanding from certain flooded areas. Following the ruling, the S.D. Game, Fish & Parks Department issued a list of lakes in the state that would have
their accesses closed. Jackley's letter states that until the Legislature acts, "both the rights of landowners and the public to use these waters remain a point of contention." An online petition called for Gov. Daugaard to call a special session
Source: Mitchell Republic on 2018 South Dakota gubernatorial race
Apr 10, 2017
Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency
Republican Mike Rounds says he wants to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency and their proposed
Carbon Tax which could drive up the price of gas and diesel for farmers. "It's going to drive up their costs on an enormous scale. We have to stop the EPA from doing damage to our national economy with this Carbon Tax."
Source: KSFY/ABC News on 2014 South Dakota Senate debate
Aug 27, 2014
Invest $8 million to fight the mountain pine beetle
Our Department of Agriculture's investment of $6 million to fight the mountain pine beetle is paying off, already, as we have slowed the spread of this epidemic. Our efforts have been particularly successful in Custer State Park, where state crews,
inmates, and contractors have removed more than 100,000 pine beetle-infested trees. If you agree, we will invest still another $2 million next year to partner with counties on further beetle suppression efforts throughout the Black Hills.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been working. They have continued to be a good steward of our environment, making
South Dakota only one of seven states in the nation to meet all federal air quality standards and one of only a few states implementing all National Primary Drinking Water Standards. Our air and water is clean.
Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address
Jan 8, 2013
Remove old gas tanks and their contaminants
Our Spruce-Up and Tank Yank program is getting the petroleum tanks out of the ground. It really comes from what we said last year about letís clean up South Dakota. Itís not clean, but it is cleaner. Weíve picked up 45,000 pesticide containers that had
over 31,000 pounds of pesticide in them that were just lying around communities or homes or garages. So far, weíve pulled 142 tanks of the 674 that weíve identified that we can take out of the ground. Those 142 tanks have yielded up 24,000 gallons of
contaminated petroleum and water. Many, many of them had rusted out the bottom so the old contaminants were leaking and so we are cleaning those sites up. My goal is, by the time I leave office in two years, every tank in South Dakota thatís been
abandoned thatís underground from an old abandoned place is out of the ground and has been remediated so we have no more potential contaminants from petroleum to get into our groundwater.
Source: State-of-the-State Address to South Dakota House
Jan 9, 2001
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