FRIENDS OF THE BIG SIOUX RIVER BELIEVES IN URBAN RESPONSIBILITY
If you live in the Big Sioux River Watershed District, you are influencing the river. Even if you have never seen the shining waters of the Big Sioux or set foot on its rocky shores, with your hands, your property, or by some extension, you have touched rainwater that has reached the river. Everyone in the Big Sioux Watershed has a stake in the river. Whether you're a homeowner, car owner, pet owner, hunter, fisherman, or businessman, you can take action for the Big Sioux. If eastern South Dakota is your home, this river is yours.
In this section of our website, you will find videos, articles, and links meant to facilitate a journey in which you learn how to care for your river!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
STORM DRAIN PROTECTION
CONTAMINANT FREE RUNOFF
LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT
RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP
FRIENDS OF THE BIG SIOUX RIVER URBAN POSITION STATEMENTS
- We are concerned about the public health ramifications of our water. We believe warning the public whenever immersion in the Big Sioux River is unsafe is the proper thing to do.
- We encourage low impact development practices that minimize runoff, reduce infrastructure costs, maintain natural landscape, minimize development costs and generally improve the quality of life. We encourage infiltration based hydrology, not runoff based hydrology.
- Integrate storm water design into site design.
- Reduce hard surfaces to increase storm water absorption.
- Minimize the disruption to natural topsoil.
- Increase topsoil depths on all residential and commercial lots.
- Fit the development to the natural landscape and preserve natural areas as common community areas (playgrounds, parks and ball fields).
- Preserve natural wetlands.
- Use and enforcement of temporary construction sediment barriers.
- Use bio-retention practices wherever possible.
- We encourage practices that reduce storm water runoff and pollution.
- Rain garden locations should be designed into both residential and commercial lots to capture and slow runoff.
- Riparian strips should be used where feasible.
- Parking lot design should incorporate rain gardens (replacing raised berms) to hold and filter runoff.
- Rain barrel use is encouraged.
- We encourage responsible use of fertilizers and other chemicals on lawns.
- We encourage the public to properly dispose of pet waste.