Information Services - May 2012 Press Releases
For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 10, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION: DENR Secretary Steve Pirner, (605) 773-3152
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an executive proclamation designating May 2 as Bernita Loucks Day in South Dakota.
The Governor recognized Loucks, of Rapid City, for her contribution to the state’s water resources for more than 26 years while serving on the state Water Management Board.
“Bernita Loucks distinguished herself as a board member who could provide both a sympathetic ear and a fair hearing to all parties,” Gov. Daugaard said. “South Dakota is a better place as a result of Bernita’s distinguished service on the Water Management Board.”
Loucks was appointed to the Water Management Board on Jan. 10, 1986. During her time on the board, she participated in issuing 3,726 water right permits and was involved in numerous contested water rights cases
The Water Management Board is a seven-person citizen’s board. Board members are appointed by the Governor. The board oversees development, conservation, and allocation of the state’s water resources; establishes water quality and drinking water standards; and sets ordinary high and low water marks on the state’s lakes.
Loucks wrote to the Governor saying that it is time for her to truly retire when her present term on the board expires at the end of June. A replacement for Loucks will be appointed by the Governor in the near future.
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