Recently, in Doon, Iowa, 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into a flooded Little Rock River from a train derailment, endangering drinking water supplies. This spill will impact the lower Big Sioux and Missouri rivers. As emergency crews work to clean up the spill and mitigate any further damage, it is important to understand the negative impacts of our current energy supply. Is oil worth more than our drinking water? Would wind or solar power cause the same damage? Read more about this spill at the Argus Leader.
Shell Creek, in Northeastern Nebraska, became the first recorded river to be removed from the Impaired Waters list. After 12 years of conservation practices, including no-till farming, cover crops, and buffer strips, the river's water and aquatic life are healthier than they've been in decades. To read more about this historic accomplishment, check out this article at the Norfolk Daily News.
FBSR Print Strategist Pete Carrels recently published an article, "Filtering Farm Pollution: The usefulness-and relevance-of riparian buffers," in Izaak Walton's Outdoor America 2018, issue 2. Carrels article focuses on the importance of buffer strips, especially in the Big Sioux River watershed. Find this important article posted here!
Read past issues of Friends of the Big Sioux River's publications.