SD: No Boating Zone Enacted on Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls

PIERRE, S.D. – To protect the public, Governor Dennis Daugaard
has enacted a No Boating Zone effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday,
June 29, 2011. The No Boating Zone will be in effect for a portion
of the Big Sioux River located in the City of Sioux Falls starting
at the Cliff Avenue Bridge and continuing downstream to the 26th
Street Bridge.

This order will be in effect until rescinded by the

The City of Sioux Falls is currently working on repair of their
sanitary sewer system between Cliff Avenue and 26th Street. The
construction and current high water levels have resulted in
hazardous boating conditions for that stretch of the Big Sioux
River. As a precaution the City of Sioux Falls requested that
portion of the Big Sioux River to be temporally closed.

State law gives the Governor authority to prohibit or restrict
recreational use or navigation on any portion of a river, lake or
stream in order to protect the public peace, health, or safety,
according to Jeff Vonk, Secretary of the State Department of Game,
Fish and Parks.

A violation of the public waterway restriction is a Class 2
Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of $500 or


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