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Gov. Daugaard Signs Buffer Strip Legislation



            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212


EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:  For video of today’s signing ceremony or audio from the Governor on the buffer strip bill, visit news.sd.gov/media.aspx and click on “Video” or “Audio” under “Governor Dennis Daugaard.”



Gov. Daugaard Signs Buffer Strip Legislation


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 66, which incentivizes the establishment of riparian buffer strips on private land.


“I appreciate state Sen. Jim Peterson starting the conversation on buffer strips last year,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Senate Bill 66 received broad, bipartisan support and I expect many South Dakotans will choose to participate in this program to help improve water quality in our state.”


Under SB 66, eligible riparian buffer strips are assessed at 60 percent of the land’s agricultural income value. The bill specifies the 575 lake listings and 11,000 miles of streams that are included. Only land within 120 feet of a listed lake, river or stream may be classified as a riparian buffer strip and grazing is prohibited from May 1 through Sept. 30.


Gov. Daugaard brought the proposal following the veto of 2016 buffer strip legislation which presented constitutional problems. According to the Governor, SB 66 avoids constitutional concerns by creating a separate classification for agricultural lands that qualify for the designation.        


Click here to read the bill.




 *Pictured from left to right: Rep. Mary Duvall, Ellie Highstreet, Margo West, Hunter Roberts, Mike Held, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Lorin Pankratz, Mike Jaspers, Bill Chase, Nathan Sanderson, Mike Houdyshell, and Jim Feeney.