HCR 1025 – Our groundwater is IMPORTANT

We may have lost a bill that would have protected our groundwater, but we can still make a statement that our groundwater is important – more important than anything else, in fact, because everything depends on it. Agriculture, industry, life itself: without adequate, good groundwater, we have nothing.

So we’ve worked with legislators to introduce House Concurrent Resolution 1025, reaffirming the value of our groundwater and recognizing the need for on-going evaluation of its management. The text of the resolution is below, and a discussion on the resolution should be coming up in the next couple days. So email your legislators NOW and tell them to vote YES on HCR 1025.

A concurrent resolution, reaffirming the value of our groundwater resources and recognizing the need for on-going evaluation of our groundwater management.

HCR 1025:

WHEREAS, groundwater is a resource of immeasurable value to public health and welfare; and

WHEREAS, it is the public policy of this State to conserve the waters of the state and to protect, maintain, and improve the quality thereof  for water supplies, for the propagation of wildlife, fish, and aquatic life, and for domestic,  agricultural, industrial, recreational, and other legitimate uses; and

WHEREAS, it is the public policy of this State to provide that no waste be discharged into any waters of the state without first receiving the necessary treatment or other corrective action to protect the legitimate and beneficial uses of such waters; and

WHEREAS, it is the public policy of this State to provide for the prevention, abatement, and control of new and existing water pollution; and

WHEREAS, the State of South Dakota has limited groundwater resources, and any impact to such resources may be detrimental and permanent; and

WHEREAS, technology changes rapidly and technological development in all South Dakota’s industries changes the way in which our groundwater is used;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-Ninth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the value of our groundwater resources is reaffirmed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Legislature recognizes the need for on-going evaluation of our groundwater management based on rapidly changing technology and the ways technological advances impact our groundwater resources.

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