Visit www.eastdakota.org/bsrwatershed for more information on the Big Sioux River
Nitrate Testing: The District has two Hach spectrophotometers capable of analyzing water samples for nitrates.
Just give us a call if you would like to bring in a well sample for us to check.
Dakota Water Watch
Do you live near a lake or stream in South Dakota? If so, we need your help. Consider joining our network of
water quality citizen monitors, who help provide vital water quality information about the lakes and streams we
enjoy in this state. It only takes a little of your time and we provide all the materials and training you need.
Big Sioux Water Festival: Since 1993, we have provided a one-day water education event for fourth grade
students in our District. The festival takes place in May, on the campus of South Dakota State University. The
District also provides support to the Sioux Falls Empire water festival, which is held each March.
Educational Traveling Trunks
- available to fourth grade teachers during the school year (within our District)
- available to Out of School programs (i.e. Boys & Girls Clubs, GAP) in the District during the summer months
Time For Clean Water - South Dakota Pollution Prevention Guide
Big News on the Big Sioux - Brochure - Contact EDWDD for printed copies
Big News on the Big Sioux - Video; WMV or MOV format
Big Sioux River - Public Opinion Survey
Free Pamphlets - stop by to pick one up
DVDs, Videos, CDs, & Books are available to check-out
Early Childhood Discovery Packs
- available to local early childhood centers who have been trained in:
- - - Project WILD's Growing Up WILD
- - - Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences
The District has a library of documents available for viewing during normal business hours.
The District is also invovled with a variety outreach and education programs, for both adults and youth.
Big Sioux Aquifer Groundwater Protection Project: EDWDD was the recipient of EPA 319 funds in 1990 to initiate
local groundwater protection measures for shallow, unconfined public water supply wells.Contact Jay Gilbertson
for more information.
Class V Management within a Wellhead/Shallow Aquifer Protection Area: In 1990, EDWDD was awarded an EPA
grant to formulate an effective program to regulate and thus reduce groundwater contamination from Class V
injection wells through integration of various local, state, and federal programs. This was done primarily through
shallow Class V injection well control, local wellhead/shallow ground water protection, and the public water
supply vulnerability assessment program. Contact Jay Gilbertson for more information.
Surface Water Quality Assessment Studies: The District has provided technical and financial support to a number
of watershed assessment studies designed to identify the source(s) of the pollutants that are degrading water
quality. Contact Deb Springman for more information.
Big Sioux River Surface Water Implementation Project: The Central Big Sioux Watershed Project is a 10-year
TMDL implementation strategy that will be completed in multiple segments. The project will restore and/or
maintain the water quality of the Big Sioux River and it's tributaries to meet the designated beneficial uses. The
Central and North-Central Big Sioux River Watershed Assessments identified various segments of the Big Sioux
River and certain tributaries between Watertown and Brandon as failing to meet designated uses due to
impairments from total suspended solids and/or fecal coliform bacteria. Activities to improve and/or maintain
current sediment and bacterial loadings will target sub-watershed within the project area. Water quality
sampling will be used to monitor and assess project impacts on impaired waters bodies so as to meet the
TMDLs. Contact the District Manager for more information.
Big Sioux River Bank Stability Project: In 2007, A team of scientists from the National Sedimentation Laboratory
in Oxford, Mississippi collected geotechnical data from several locations along the Big Sioux River. The data was
used to determine crucial areas and the best options to stabilize the river's banks. In 2010 and 2011, the areas
most in need of stablization were the focus of treatment. Contact the District Manager for more information.