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SD wildlife group discusses flooded land conflict

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission officials are looking for solutions in a dispute over public access on floodwaters atop private lands.

So far they've been unsuccessful.

Heavy snows and rains in the past decade have expanded the size of sloughs and lakes, especially in the northeastern corner of the state.

The Rapid City Journal says the state has typically allowed public use on waters if public land touches it, such as a public boat ramp or road right of way.

A suggestion by commission secretary Jeff Vonk would allow property owners to control waters smaller than 25 acres above private land and establish an appeals process for waters to be closed for safety, privacy or economic reasons.

Landowners and wildlife groups have scoffed at the idea.

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