South Dakota Farmers Work to Clean Up Lake Mitchell

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Efforts to clean up and improve the water quality of Lake Mitchell are gaining momentum thanks to collaboration between city officials, state and federal agencies, South Dakota farmers and more.  SDPB’s Lura Roti shares this story.

When Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson was a teen, Lake Mitchell was the place to be.

“It used to be the 4th of July you couldn’t get on the lake because of all the boats, or if you did, you just kind of putted around the lake enjoying the day,” says Everson.

Efforts To Clean Spring Creek Move Forward

Oct 13, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Spring Creek looks much like any other stream in the Black Hills, it meanders through serene meadows and drops into a steep walled canyon.
But Spring Creek is different.    Water quality monitoring in recent years shows levels of fecal coliform and E. coli bacteria above the EPA threshold for swimming.    The pollution may come from both human and animal waste entering the stream.


A weather expert says straight-lined winds of 90 to 100 miles per hour struck the southeast South Dakota town of Garretson. The water is safe, but crews are working on restoring power. Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service says the damage indicates strong winds moved in one direction. He says Monday morning’s storm was not a tornado. Heitkamp says winds that high are dangerous and the damage in Garretson is proof.

Strong straight-line winds tore through Garretson early Monday morning. Fire Chief JR Hofer says about 30 people are displaced after the storm.

Friends Of The Big Sioux River

May 18, 2015

The newly formed non-profit, Friends of the Big Sioux River, held a press conference last Thursday to announce its vision to realize "a clean, healthy river for all to enjoy and share with pride."  In 2012, the Big Sioux was identified as the 13th dirtiest river in the nation.  Friends of the Big Sioux River was formed to bring awareness to the current condition of the waterway and to inspire action among all who influence its quality.  Matthew McLarty of the Environmental Law & Policy Center of South Dakota, Greg Veerman of Astronaut Studios and Friends of the Big Sioux River director

Missouri River Cleanup Efforts Gather 2.6 Tons of Trash

Jul 11, 2014

Volunteers from Pierre area businesses, churches and state organizations participated in a Missouri River clean up Wednesday. The 80 participants collected over 2.6 tons of trash.

The Pierre and Fort Pierre area has held a river cleanup annually for the past six years with the exception of the summer of 2011 when the Oahe Dam had record flows due to flooding on the Missouri River.

During this year’s cleanup, volunteers collected more than 1.12 tons of garbage; 1,900 pounds of lumber; 640 pounds of scrap metal and 540 pounds of tires.

Project AWARE Tackles Big Sioux River

Jul 8, 2014
Project AWARE

This Saturday over 35o volunteers begin a week-long project pulling trash out of the Big Sioux River from Sioux Falls to north of Sioux City. They'll load tires, car parts, old scrap metal, chairs, household appliances and other discarded items into canoes as they paddle down the river.