22.716.12 97th Legislative Session 390
Introduced by: Senator Rohl
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, to encourage the executive branch of this state to examine mitigation efforts to curtail the spread of aquatic invasive species.
WHEREAS, invasive species present a clear and present danger to the aquatic ecosystems of all waters in this state; and
WHEREAS, zebra mussels have appeared in several lakes in northeastern South Dakota and the lower portion of the Missouri River; and
WHEREAS, the infestation of zebra mussels and other invasive species are known to cause an economic impact exceeding one hundred million dollars in infected states; and
WHEREAS, zebra mussels clog intakes for irrigation systems and pipelines carrying water to municipalities throughout a state’s borders; and
WHEREAS, zebra mussels wreak havoc on recreational boating and fishing, and impact lakeside homeowners and businesses; and
WHEREAS, mitigation efforts to significantly slow down and even stop the spread of invasive species have proven effective in other states:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate of the Ninety-Seventh Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the House of Representatives concurring therein, to strongly encourage that the executive branch of state government use all resources necessary to fight the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species into our waters; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the executive branch of state government provide a detailed description of upgrade efforts to the Legislature by August 1, 2022.
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