Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Philip G. Favero


South Dakota’s system of water allocation I general, of which river designations are a part, affect groups with preferences concerning the use of water resources. This study’s main hypotheses is that groups with preferences concerning river designations will have their preferences affected, it is expected, by the make-up of the system. For example, both water development and preservation interests wish a water allocation system which facilitates them in pursuing their preferences. According to the Department of Natural Resource Development. “…the Legislature can aid water development in South Dakota…through the alteration of expansion of administrative institutions and arrangements.” On the pro-designation side, the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Forestry recommends “… to proceed toward a more realistic and workable system of wild, scenic and recreational rivers in South Dakota, consistent with the intent of the Legislature and the Water Resources Management Act.” This study will show the effects of various designation decision systems on several special interest groups and on river designations and river preservation. This information will aid these groups in deciding what type of decision process will best facilitate their preferences. An institutional approach utilizing a structure-conduct-performance model will be used to analyze the effects of the various designation systems. The study will describe the existing water allocation structure in South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Water resources development -- South Dakota
Wild and scenic rivers -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University