WE WANT A CLEANER RIVER AND SO SHOULD YOU!

Economics

A clean Big Sioux River opens the door to many development, tourism, and recreational opportunities that generate revenue for our area. New businesses will be attracted by this beautiful feature of Eastern South Dakota.

Environment

Every living creature needs clean water to survive. By protecting local water, we ensure a safe environment for swimming, a dependable source of drinking water, and healthy habitats for wildlife.

Recreation

A river offers many opportunities for adventure. If you're a parent, jogger, biker, kayak or canoe enthusiast, park goer, camper, hunter, or fisher person, you are just one of the many people who could benefit from a cleaner Big Sioux River.

Aesthetics

From the dramatic cut of the Black Hills to the gentle slope of the Coteau des Prairies, South Dakota is a beautiful place to live in. By protecting our natural vistas, we can ensure our state remains a breathtaking place to call home.

MEET FRIENDS OF THE BIG SIOUX RIVER

                                             

We are a 501(c)3 organization on a mission to change the way we all think about our relationship with water. We want to bring awareness to the plight of
the Big Sioux River and encourage our community to start making river-healthy choices. By working with both rural and urban residents of eastern South
Dakota, we hope to achieve our goal: swimmable by 2025. We are proud to be your clean water advocates. Join today to show your support!

KNOW THE ISSUES

Nonpoint Source Pollution

The threat to the Big Sioux River is more complex than a single, identifiable polluter. Click to learn more about nonpoint source pollution.

Nitrates

The same chemicals fertilizers that make our lawns lush and crops grow also threatens water quality. Click to learn more about nitrate pollution.

E. Coli

Pet and livestock waste can lead to elevated levels of E. Coli in lakes and streams. The Big Sioux River has been identified as a repeat offender. Click to learn more.

Total Suspended Solids

As runoff picks up sediment from streets, yards, and fields, water clarity suffers. Click to learn more about turbidity, total suspended solids, and water clarity.

KNOW YOUR RIVER

Visit

Click to check out parks, campsites, and river access areas.

Learn

Click to learn the scope of the Big Sioux River watershed.

Monitor

Click to view surface water quality test results.