Resources

Connect with Other River Enthusiasts

Agriculturalists

Northern Plains Sustainable Ag: NPSA seeks to educate farmers on sustainable agricultural practices.

 

Big Sioux River Advocates

Upper Big Sioux Watershed Project: UBSWP defines themselves as “an EPA Section 319 project committed to protecting and restoring surface water quality for the City of Watertown and surrounding drainage areas.”

 

Conservationists

Great Plains Native Plant Society: This group focuses on research on and reintroduction of native plant species.

Master Gardeners: A service of SDSU, Master Gardeners provides training, volunteer, and grant opportunities to gardening and planting enthusiasts.

The Nature Conservancy – South Dakota: Protecting vital habitat in South Dakota.

Northern Prairies Land Trust: NPLT is dedicated to restoring native grasslands and protecting fragile South Dakota ecosystems.

Sierra Club: Led by FBSR Chair Dana Loseke, the SD chapter of the Sierra Club works with local, state, and national leaders to educate and lobby.

Sioux Falls Garden Club: A member of the South Dakota Federation of Garden Club; club members are dedicated to protecting and conserving natural resources as caretakers of air, water, forest, land, and wildlife.

South Dakota Wildlife Federation: A group of hunters, fisherman, and conservationists working to preserve South Dakota’s hunting and fishing resources.

Gardeners

Midwest Plants: A list of plants suited to the Midwest

Regional Plant List: A guide to plant selection

Government

City of Sioux Falls Environmental: Resources for recycling and safely disposing of your hazardous household materials.

Minnehaha Conservation District: MCD works with government agencies and private parties to protect the soil and water of Minnehaha County.

SDDNENR: The agency responsible for overseeing South Dakota’s environment and natural resources.

SD Legislators: Interested in letting your representatives know your thoughts on the Big Sioux? Heard about a bill that could hurt or help your river? Email your legislators.

Recreationists

Ducks Unlimited: DU is a nationwide group of hunters and conservations interested in protecting water, waterfowl, and natural habitat.

National Trappers Association: “Protecting wild things and wild places.”

National Wild Turkey Federation: As part of their 10-year initiative, NWTF is dedicated to conserve or enhance 4 million acres of critical habitat.

Pheasants Forever: With chapters in Sioux Falls, Union, Brookings,Coteau Prairie, and Watertown, Pheasants Forever has participated in over 1,313 different land acquisitions totaling over 161,867 acres. Pheasants Forever puts this land into habitat and allows hunting during pheasant season.

South Dakota Bass Federation: A collection of SD anglers with an emphasis on bass fishing.

South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association: Passionate paddlers working to better the rivers they enjoy.

Sioux Falls Whitewater Paddlers: A group of paddling enthusiasts that provides updates on Sioux Falls’ Whitewater Park.

Walleyes Unlimited: A community oriented organization of walleye anglers in SD.