The drought of 2012 has pumped the number of new irrigation permits and applications in South Dakota to the highest level of recent decades, Department of Environment and Natural Resources staffers said.
“We’ve got a stack of groundwater irrigation applications about a foot high,” Lynn Beck, a DENR staff engineer, said at Monday’s meeting in Pierre of the Governor’s Drought Taskforce. “Everyone is covering the bases. I’m sure the drought has a lot to do with it.”
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