This spring the City of Sioux Falls added 24 new pet waste disposal stations throughout the city’s park systems, most of them within the greenway system along the Big Sioux River. This is an important stride that Jessica Lynch, the City’s Sustainability Coordinator, describes as explicitly aimed at protecting water quality. Proper disposal of pet waste keeps bacterial contamination out of the river.
Friends of the Big Sioux River Debuts on ``100 Eyes``
Friends of the Big Sioux River made its first public appearance with a visit from two of our founding members to Sioux Falls Argus Media’s “100 Eyes on South Dakota Politics,” a weekly live, online show. Watch the full program here.
Matt McLarty and Greg Veerman sat down with editor Patrick Lalley and reporter Joe Sneeve to talk about the launch of Friends of the Big Sioux River, a 501.c.3 non-profit organized just this spring to drive awareness and action to restore and protect the health of the waterway.
The conversation led from what led to the group’s organization to its mission, and to steps ordinary people can take to mitigate non-source pollution within the urban watershed. FBSR will formally launch Thursday, May 14, with a press conference to be held at Cherapa Place, followed by a Green Drinks at 5 pm at Ode to Food and drink.
For more information on the Green Drinks social hour, click here.
Big Sioux River Cleanup This Weekend
The City of Sioux Falls will host the second annual community wide Big Sioux River Greenway Clean-Up on Saturday May 16th from 8 am to 11 am. Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please during the event time and can report to help out at 14 “stations” along the river.
No pre-event registration is required and all ages are welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing to be picking up litter. The cleanup will take place rain or shine so please dress for the weather. In 2014, over 180 volunteers helped to clean up over 4,000 pounds of trash and 260 pounds of recyclables from the banks of the Big Sioux River at eight different park locations. This year, we have nearly doubled our volunteer locations and partnering organizations. For more information click here.
``This Is Your River`` Awareness Campaign Launches
The Sioux Falls Lawn and Garden Show helped kick off spring last weekend at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds Expo Hall, and FBSR used the occasion for a soft launch of its inaugural awareness campaign, “This is Your River. ”
Representatives from the newly formed group were on hand to share fliers featuring the campaign message with tips for homeowners, gardeners and landscapers to reduce their potential impact on the watershed. The concept is simply that places around town that don’t look like the Big Sioux River are indeed connected to it — lawns, gardens, parking lots, pet confinements and more.
FBSR expects to do more with the campaign throughout the year.