East Dakota Water Development District

Erin Mairose

The city of Sioux Falls is continuing to build and expand recreational areas and parks along the Big Sioux River. However, officials from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources say there are high levels of bacteria and nitrates in the water. They suggest only limited contact with the water and no swimming.

Jay Gilbertson talks on Dakota Midday about the polluted river. Gilbertson is with the East Dakota Water Development District. He shares his thoughts on what's happening in the river and ways it might improve.

Pollution And Recreation On The Big Sioux

Jul 11, 2016
Water testing
Erin Mairose

Water testing on the Big Sioux River shows high levels of bacteria and pollution in some areas. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources recommends only having limited contact with the water, meaning they don’t suggest swimming in it.

But the city of Sioux Falls continues to build parks and recreation areas along the river, in the effort to foster economic development.