There has been much talk for almost two years now about the possible future closure of the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery located in Spearfish, but Representative Kristi Noem is trying to prevent that from happening any time soon.
Tuesday, Noem offered an amendment to the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to close the fish hatchery– protecting the Spearfish facility from closure through fiscal year 2016, if enacted.
Representative Kristi Noem said, "My amendment was accepted and voice voted into the Appropriations Bill. This will make sure that Fish and Wildlife doesn't use the dollars that they have in the next fiscal year to shut down the fishery, and make sure that it can still be utilized by the public and that those private dollars and volunteers can still participate to make sure that it is still enjoyable in the years to come."
The House unanimously adopted the amendment and is expected to vote on passage later this week.
Noem says they will continue to find a permanent solution.