Rounds Chairs Hearing On Water Rules For Missouri River Uses

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds chaired a subcommittee hearing in Washington D.C. Wednesday on the role the Army Corps of Engineers plays in management of surplus water for places like the Missouri River. Rounds says the Corps is creating barriers to prevent entities along the river from accessing water they are entitled to…

Rounds invited South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Steve Pirner to testify. Pirner says South Dakota has nearly a thousand miles of shoreline along the Missouri River but only a small section of it doesn’t border a Corps reservoir…

He says the City of Pierre has been denied access to Missouri River water multiple times over the years…

Pirner told the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Oversite that the current rulemaking is trampling the rights of states to use the water and it must be stopped now.