Hey, you know all that foam you see blowing up from the brownish cascade that gives Sioux Falls its name? It probably came from your intensively tended lawn:
The nonprofit organization called ‘Friends of the Big Sioux River’ says the white stuff is often caused by phosphorus in fertilizers.
Chairperson of the South Dakota Sierra Club and member of Friends of the Big Sioux River Dan Loseke said, “If you’re buying fertilizer that has phosphorus in it, look at that bag and say hey you know what I’m going to change” [Jill Johnson, “The Start of a Beautiful Friendship?” KDLT-TV, 2015.05.14].
The Friends of the Big Sioux River is launching its effort to clean up the 13th-dirtiest waterway in America. The new environmental group is out this morning with other members of the community picking up trash along the river in Sioux Falls. FBSR founding members Matt McLarty and Greg Veerman went on 100 Eyes this week to promote cleaner water through East River’s Queen City. FBSR held a press conference Thursday to say its time to stop ignoring this long-term problem:
“The Big Sioux River didn’t get this way over night. It took decades of neglect. And we always felt in South Dakota, hey you know those are issues in other states. Well it’s an issue here,” said Director of FBSR, Dana Loseke [Sammi Bjelland, “Friends of the Big Sioux Share Vision,” KELOLand.com, 2015.05.14].
…and to explain the personal and fiscal reasons to clean up the Big Sioux:
“We’d like to see a river that you can take your dog to and be ok with him or her swimming around in it. And being ok with your child interacting more intimately with the ecosystem of the river itself,” said member of FBSR, Greg Veerman.
…”[Cleaning up the river] means less remediation costs certainly when it comes to water treatment. So there’s an upside in terms of overall costs to the communities. Not just Sioux Falls, but the entire stretch of the river,” said Veerman [Bjelland, 2015.05.14].
…or, to put it in terms the Governor’s Office of Economic Development will understand…
The group says it’s vital to our health, tourism, keeping water treatment costs down, and attracting workforce.
Environmental Law & Policy Center Advocate Matthew McLarty said, “More and more decide on where they want to live and then look for a job rather than following a job” [Johnson, 2015.05.14].
FBSR’s Facebook page links to an article about Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s effort to build a legacy on water-quality measures like promoting buffer strips between cropland and waterways. Hmm… I’ll bet the three million dollars South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard spent on Lawrence & Schiller ads to tell America South Dakota isn’t as bad as Mars could have cleaned a lot of phosphorus and other crap out of the Big Sioux.