Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration is proposing a measure to encourage people to install buffer strips between agricultural land and waterways.
Hunter Roberts, a policy adviser to the governor, said Wednesday that the proposal is meant to improve water quality.
It would offer property tax breaks for land turned into buffer strips of vegetation to help trap fertilizer, pesticide and sediment before they reach water.
The proposal allows for 50- to 120-foot buffers along 575 lakes and roughly 11,000 miles of streams in South Dakota. Roberts says it's a good step for the state to give farmers and landowners some financial benefit for using buffer strips.
The administration will present the draft bill to a legislative task force next week.