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Water Development — 1988

RESOLUTION CONCERNING WATER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE IN SOUTH DAKOTA

WHEREAS, the richness of natural resources is an integral part of South Dakota’s heritage; and

WHEREAS, South Dakota’s tourism industry is dependent on the richness of its natural resources; and

WHEREAS, the governor of South Dakota is interested in expanding tourism; and

WHEREAS, the governor of South Dakota is also interested in promoting settlement for Pick-Sloan obligations to the state; and

WHEREAS, over 380,000 acres of the state’s richest wildlife habitat was lost to the Pick-Sloan Dams in South Dakota; and

WHEREAS, replacement to the state for these unpaid public losses could increase the richness of natural resources in South Dakota; and

WHEREAS, the governor of South Dakota has proposed a Missouri River Pick-Sloan initiative which includes, among other items, compensation for fish and wildlife damages caused by the Pick-Sloan dams.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT  the South Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society at its annual meeting in Aberdeen, South Dakota on March 1, 1988, encourages the wise use of South Dakota’s natural resources and recommends full replacement of wildlife values and the richness lost to Pick-Sloan projects.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the South Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society generally supports rural and urban water supply projects that have minimal impacts to fish and wildlife resources and that provide long term economic growth and stability to urban and rural South Dakota communities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the South Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society supports efforts to recover fish and wildlife habitat losses from the development of Pick-Sloan Missouri River main stem dams and reservoirs, which could provide for a stronger tourism industry in South Dakota while restoring our rich wildlife heritage.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT  the Council forward this resolution to appropriate individuals, agencies and organizations.

The South Dakota Resources Coalition endorsed this resolution at its November 19, 1988, Board Meeting.

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