- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Transportation Commission is accepting written comments from the public on the existing mowing regulations for ditches adjacent to state highways.

The commission earlier this week hosted a hearing to receive public input. The meeting was in response to a recommendation from the governor’s work group on pheasant habitat.

Existing law dictates that mowing of the right-of-way may not begin in the west river counties of Gregory, Lyman and Tripp before June 15 and east of the Missouri River before July 10. All mowing by permit must be finished by Sept. 1.

Rules also estipulate that the department may mow medians and areas within the rights-of-way prior to July 10 to control noxious weeds.

The comments can be sent to the Transportation Department no later than Dec. 12.

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