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SD Delegation Seeks To Head Off Corps Water Plan

December 7, 2013, 4:30 PM

SD Delegation Seeks To Head Off Corps Water Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

South Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing House and Senate negotiators to keep a provision in a massive water projects bill that prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from charging some residents for use of water.

The House and Senate have both passed water projects bills this year. The two bills are now subject to House-Senate negotiations to merge them.

The Senate's version includes a provision pushed by South Dakota's delegation that prevents the Corps from restricting access to water in the Missouri River and stops the Corps from charging people who use water in Missouri River reservoirs in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana, as it has proposed.

Sen. John Thune calls the Corps' proposal a "power grab" and will push to have the provision in the final bill.

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