Anyone wishing to shift any grief over the Legislature’s stopgap action on nonmeandered waters to the Department of Game Fish & Parks should note GF&P’s swift opening of boat ramps in response to yesterday’s passage of HB 1001:
By the end of today, GFP staff will have removed all cables that previously restricted access to nearly 30 nonmeandered lakes. Full services will be restored by the end of the week; which includes having docks back in the water [SD Game Fish & Parks, press release, 2017.06.13].
Of course, landowners can get to work right away, too, putting up signs and buoys to keep boaters off their flooded lands:
…the department will work closely with the GFP Commission to engage the public in setting rules to implement sections of the bill; including the ability for landowners to mark water above private land closed. In the interim, landowners can still post the waters with conspicuous markers after notifying the department [GF&P, 2017.06.13].
I don’t think Secretary Hepler got that portion of the law correct. Section 13 says, “The owner of private property shall notify the department, within a reasonable time frame, of any area of a nonmeandered lake marked by the owner of private property pursuant to section 5 of this Act.” Marked is in past tense; Section 13 thus appears to allow landowners to put up their “Keep Out!” signs and buoys first, then call GF&P.