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nonmeandered waters

The Open Waters Compromise (HB 1001) was signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the evening of June 12, 2017 after a special session was held. The bill immediately reopened more than two dozen bodies of water to the public while also providing landowners with the ability to post and close certain areas of nonmeandered waters. The bill, which included an emergency clause, passed both houses with the required two-thirds majority making the law effective immediately.

An amendment to the bill “sunsets” the legislation on June 30, 2018, which will require the legislature to take up the issue during the next legislative session.

As of June 13, 2017, GFP removed all cables that previously restricted access to more than two dozen nonmeandered lakes. Full services were also restored at those access sites.

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