Nebraska, South Dakota, and the federal government have ended a long-standing disagreement over Goat Island in the Missouri River.
The 500 acre island is about 45 miles west of South Sioux City, Neb.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says it was time to settle the issue.
“I think it got solved due to recognition that for too many years the federal government, the states of South Dakota and Nebraska have had disagreements about Goat Island,” Jackley tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX in Yankton, S.D. “It was time to set aside those disagreements for our citizens and put together a more certain management plan for Goat Island that everybody can enjoy.”
Going forward, the National Park Service will manage Goat Island as part of the Missouri National Recreational River.
Any development there will be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management.
“This has been in litigation, I think, since 1999,” Jackley says. “I was happy, as attorney general, to see our governor, the Nebraska governor, and the federal authorities work towards a good solution, and I think this will be a good solution.”
He says this 17 year legal fight is the end of a number of state line disagreements between Nebraska and South Dakota.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this story.