PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to scrap its plan to charge for water taken from the Missouri River.
In a letter submitted to a Corps of Engineers hearing, Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the plan is unfair because it would violate the state’s right to manage the natural flow of water through the river. He also says it would make users in upstream states pay for reservoir water while those in downstream states would enjoy benefits at no cost.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says the plan would violate federal law. He says the state will go to court if the corps goes ahead with the plan.
The corps has proposed making municipal and industrial users sign contracts and pay for using water from the reservoirs.
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