Oil Spill in Iowa

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

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to discuss agricultural water pollution issues

Pulitzer prize-winning editorial writer Art Cullen will visit Sioux Falls on Thursday September 13th to describe issues related to water pollution caused by farming.

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Recovery is Possible

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.

Filtering Farm Pollution: The usefulness-and relevance-of riparian buffers

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!  

Gabe Brown/Jeremy Wilson Bus Tour

This farm is one of the best in the country at sustainable ag practices which lessen water runoff, and water use. RSVP to For more information, click here.


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