46A-1-71 Legislative findings regarding need for program of statewide water development and financi...
Legislative findings regarding need for program of statewide water development
The Legislature finds that the proposed use of Madison formation water for
widespread energy development in Wyoming presents an immediate threat to ground and surface
water supplies and agricultural, domestic, environmental, and other beneficial water uses in western
South Dakota; that prolonged and existing drought conditions in western South Dakota require the
immediate provision of adequate and potable water supplies to municipalities and individual farms
and ranches for human and animal consumption, and the failure to provide such water supplies
endangers the economic viability of the agricultural industry in western South Dakota and the
economy of the state as a whole; that the general lack of any water supply at all and the continued
existence of water supplies containing radium, sulfates, iron, manganese, chlorides, fluorides, and
nitrates constitutes an immediate and chronic hazard to the health, safety, and welfare of municipal
and rural residents in the western portion of the state and requires the provision of adequate
quantities of quality water to these residents; and that the economy of the state as a whole has been
ravaged by the effects of drought to the extent that a general program of statewide water
development and financing is immediately necessary to prevent widespread economic disaster.
Source: SL 1981 (2d SS), ch 1, § 1; SL 1981 (2d SS), ch 2, § 1; SDCL Supp, § 46-17A-3.4.