Meeting to focus on property rights on land under water
There will be two public meetings next week regarding the flooded private lands draft legislation which can be found here: http://sdlegislature.gov/docs/interim/2017/documents/DNMW05242017.pdf.
While it may not go as far as we might like to protect private property rights, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association believes this draft legislation, referred to as the “5 Open Compromise,” is a good-faith effort to balance respect for property rights with the opportunity for recreation. It also provides a path forward to help us move beyond the stalemate that has existed for the past 20 years.
SDCA encourages landowners to attend these meetings and provide input. We urge you to be polite but stress that maintaining what has been the status quo (public access to all water, regardless of land ownership) is not a compromise. Likewise, the Wildlife Federation proposal to codify recreation as a beneficial use of water is gravely concerning and, we believe, a slippery slope of impacting water law as it relates to appropriation of water rights.
Tuesday, May 30th at 7 pm
Southeast Technical Institute
The 29-90 Sportsman’s Club, and South Dakota Wildlife Federation will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, May 30th at 7 PM in the Hub building, 2001 N Career Ave. located at the Southeast Technical Institute.
Wednesday, May 31st at 7 pm
Lake Area Technical Institute
On Wednesday night, May 31st, the Kampeska Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and Representative Bartels will host a public meeting at Lake Area Technical Institute. The meeting will start at 7 PM on the 4th floor of LATI. Representative Bartels will explain the latest draft bill and field questions.
–South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association