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State House Approves Curtailing Citizen Input At Water Hearings

SD Legislative Resource Council

The South Dakota Legislature is considering curtailing public input at Water Management Board hearings.

House Bill 1028 limits opposition to projects that use the state's water supplies. Under this bill, only people "uniquely injured" by the water use can initiate a contested case.

Proponents say the bill streamlines the permitting process, but opponents say it stifles citizen participation.

Victoria Wicks has more of this story for SDPB.

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.
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