- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Water and natural resources officials in South Dakota have approved grant assistance totaling $650,000 to fund waste tire collections and other solid waste cleanups.

The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved the funding.

The money will be used for waste tire collections at the state’s regional landfills as part of the state’s strategy against the Zika virus. Part of the funding will also be used to help school districts clean up and dispose of chemicals stored in school labs.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says that even though Zika mosquito vectors have not been found in South Dakota, “it’s prudent to take steps now to help prevent the spread of this virus in our state by removing tires as prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”

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