Friends of the Big Sioux River is excited to announce its participation in Amazon Smile! This program allows Amazon shoppers to make purchases and, at checkout, select a charity that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to. To participate, start your shopping at smile.amazon.com, select Friends of the Big Sioux River, and your product may be eligible for the promotion!
Scientists are developing a way for small-scale bioreactors to clean up excess nutrients in runoff. For more information, check out “Quick clean: Small-scale bioreactors speed runoff water-cleaning process.”
Governor Daugaard recently announced that South Dakota residents with land along lakes and rivers can apply for a tax break if they commit the land to riparian buffer strips. The bipartisan bill aims to encourage the planting of grass, alfalfa, or other perennials that will help filter runoff. This incentive program is a huge win for South Dakota water quality and a great opportunity for land owners!
FBSR is honored to be selected by the Great Outdoor Store to receive a $5,000 grant through the Patagonia Retail Grant Program. As with all Patagonia grants programs, the Retail Grants Program supports small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multipronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. They help local groups working to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions.
We’re excited about the possibilities and the true impact this grant will make on the Big Sioux River and surrounding communities. Future posts will highlight ways you can get involved to directly help with our plans to make the Big Sioux River swimmable by 2025.
Thanks again to the Great Outdoor Store and Patagonia!
Friends of the Big Sioux River will partner with the Butterfly House & Aquarium in offering events and educational exhibits throughout 2017. The goals of the Butterfly House is to increase pollinator habitat, and to reduce runoff from Midwestern watersheds that contribute to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. These goals are similar to the FBSR goals of clean water by reducing runoff through the expansion of vegetated riparian strips along waterways, and sustainable development and landscape practices in urban centers. These buffer strips will increase pollinator habitat while decreasing chemical runoff, which will decrease South Dakota’s contribution to the dead zone.
The first event will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd at the Butterfly House on the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. More details will be announced on this event and future events in the upcoming weeks. If you are not bfamiliar with this attraction we’ve provided a link to the Butterfly House /Aquarium to learn more.
The federal mandate to blend corn-based ethanol with gasoline has resulted in a number of unintended and devastating consequences. The recent demand for corn to fill our fuel tanks–as well as feed ourselves and our livestock–has prompted landowners to turn more and more of their lands into fields. As a result, deforestation rates in the upper plains have more than doubled, grasslands have been removed from CRP, wildlife habitat have been destroyed, water quality has declined, and water consumption has increased. The following report details the unintended effects of an ethanol-driven fuel economy and calls on Congress to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read more at “Fueling Destruction.”