Riverfest 2016

Friends of the Big Sioux River is proud to be a part of this year’s Downtown Riverfest in Sioux Falls. Join us on the shores of the Big Sioux River as we raffle off a 12 foot Elie Sound Kayak & Paddle, a $50 gift certificate to Monks House of Ale Repute, and a 64 ounce growler of Gandy Dancer Craft Beer & Monks glasses! Swing by our booth in the Raven Industries’ parking lot to purchase tickets.$5 buys 1 ticket, $10 buys 3 tickets, and $25 buys 8 tickets AND a year-long FBSR membership! Winner must not be present to win and is responsible for making arrangements to pick up prizes. Proceeds from this raffle support efforts to restore the Big Sioux River.

Enter for a chance to win big while supporting your river in style at the 2016 Downtown Riverfest! We hope to see you there!

Presenting the Big Sioux River Advocate

This month marked the inaugural issue of the Big Sioux River Advocate, a print newsletter geared toward sharing our message with our friends. This issue offers a profile on member Dave Swift, explores the science behind buffer strips, and explains what South Dakotans “feed” the river. A printed newsletter is yet another way in which we hope to share our passion for a cleaner Big Sioux. We hope this newsletter will catch the eyes of those who can make a difference! If you didn’t receive a physical copy, a digital copy is available here for your perusal. Feel free to share this with others and help us make some new friends!

Big Sioux River Advocate

New Tech Students on the Future of the Big Sioux

“Let Nature be your teacher.” –William Wordsworth

Thinking back to my school girl years, I remember being taught the struggles that seemed so far beyond me: war, global warming, algebra.  However, Melissa Hittner, a teacher at New Tech High School, is prompting her students to think locally—not just globally.  During the precious last days of school, Hittner’s students spent their time confronting the challenges facing the Big Sioux River, a home front struggle mere miles from NTHS.

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Join Us for the Friend of the Big Sioux River Award!


Friends of the Big Sioux River is excited to announce the first annual “Friend of the Big Sioux River Award.” This year, FBSR will recognize Senator Jim Peterson’s efforts toward preserving South Dakota’s natural grasslands and waterways. We would like to invite any interested parties to join us at Ode (300 Cherapa Pl. Sioux Falls, SD) on June 2nd from 5 to 7PM to honor Senator Peterson.

Peterson was born and raised on a farm in Revillo, in northeast South Dakota. He graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, then began a career as a science teacher in Parker, SD.  Peterson demonstrated a keen interest in his community, serving on several local boards, including school, township, church, and elevator boards. Later, he went on to become the founding president of Poet Ethanol at Big Stone. Peterson served six years on the state environmental board under former governor Richard Kneip. During Peterson’s six years in the house and eight years in the senate, he spent 12 years on the Ag and Natural Resources Committee, was the senate and house whip, chaired the Ag Land Oversight Property Tax Committee, fought for fair assessment of grassland to encourage the preservation of South Dakota native grasslands, and has chaired numerous other boards. In addition to his impressive legislative accomplishments, Peterson has been a farmer for over 50 years. In each aspect of his life, Peterson demonstrates a lifelong commitment to excellence, and we’re excited to have him as a Friend!

FBSR Adopts a Drain

Friends of the Big Sioux River is working with the City of Sioux Falls to raise awareness about water quality! Find out how FBSR, the City, and a local artist are helping to remind Sioux Falls residents that what goes down the drain ends up in our river!

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2016 South Dakota Legislative Recap

There were a number of bills that in some way could affect conservation and the effort to protect and restore waterways in our state. The bills with the greatest impact are recapped here.

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