On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Levi and Crystal Neuharth of Prairie Paradise Farms will be hosting a no-till tour. Highlights of the tour include an infiltration ring demonstration, a presentation about grazing full season cover crops, and a rainfall simulator. Ruth Beck, Extension Agronomist from SDSU, will be presenting. The event begins at 1:00 pm. For directions and more information, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Save the Date: The 2017 Mayors Water Summit

 

When: September 20th, 2017 1-6 PM (Times Subject to Change)

Where: Watertown Event Center (1901 9th Ave SW, Watertown, SD)

Who: Industry professionals, engineers, educators, students, & individuals interested in the water quality of the Big Sioux River.

The Mayors Big Sioux River Water Summit represents a cornerstone of the City of Sioux Falls’ water quality initiatives as it creates an opportunity to bring watershed stakeholders together to work to improve and conserve the Big Sioux River as a natural resource.

The fifth annual Mayors Big Sioux River Water Quality Summit will be held at the Watertown Event Center in Watertown, SD. The goal of this summit is to focus on the Big Sioux River as a whole. Outside communities rely on the Big Sioux River just as much as Sioux Falls. By moving this year’s summit to Watertown, we have the opportunity to expand on what the summit has provided in Sioux Falls and other communities along the Big Sioux River. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 If you are interested in attending the event and would like to do so on a bus chartered by the City, please email friendsofthebigsiouxriver@gmail.com. Deadline is September 4th.

We wanted to share with you a great article from the iGrow August 2017 newsletter. If you have stressed corn this year, the article provides several ideas that may be helpful to you. PLEASE CLICK HERE to view the article.

Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters: Examining the Impact of Tile Drainage on South Dakota

We wanted to let you know of a great meeting coming up next Monday, July 31, at the Sioux Falls Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue, Meeting Room A) at 6:30 pm. The Friends of the Big Sioux River will be hosting a talk about the impact of tile drainage in South Dakota. Jeff Zimprich and Al Miron will be featured speakers. This event is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Use of tile drainage in farming
  • Increased tile drainage in South Dakota
  • Influences on yield and soil erosion
  • Intensified downstream flooding
  • High nitrate loads and contaminated runoff entering streams

For more information, please follow this link: http://mailchi.mp/0e377a86ebd0/join-friends-of-the-big-sioux-river-for-healthy-soils-healthy-waters?e=1cab97f92a

See you there!

Big Sioux River Watershed Partnership Awarded for Conservation Efforts

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, SD, June 26, 2017— The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) South Dakota State Conservationist Jeff Zimprich, Huron, congratulated the Excellence in Cooperative Conservation Award winners Friday in Sioux Falls, SD. Zimprich spotlighted the conservation efforts of nine entities in the Big Sioux River Watershed (BSRWP): the City of Sioux Falls, the City of Brookings, East Dakota Water Development District, Brookings County Conservation District, Lake County Conservation District, Moody County Conservation District, Minnehaha Conservation District, Lincoln Conservation District, and the Union County Conservation District.

 

Left to Right: Jesse Nyens, City of Sioux Falls; Gene Thormodsgaard, Lincoln Conservation District; Bob Woerman, Minnehaha Conservation District; Richard Green, Union Conservation District; Carolyn Rudebusch, Lake Conservation District; Darrell DeBoer, Brookings Conservation District; Jack Majeres, Moody Conservation District; Jay Gilbertson, East Dakota Water Development District, and Jeff Zimprich, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

 

The Cooperative Conservation Award honors those outside NRCS for their work in conservation.  The award is presented to an individual or group that best exemplifies dedication and leadership to natural resources conservation through cooperative conservation.  This stewardship efforts of this group has been happening for years however; they started concentrating their efforts in 2008 along the Big Sioux River below the northern Brookings County line and its tributaries.  Zimprich said, “What’s unique about the Big Sioux River Watershed Partnership (BSRWP) is their ability to communicate, ability to grow and see the big picture, but also their ability to stay focused on implementing conservation of natural resources.”

“The major water impairments in the Big Sioux River and many of its tributaries are bacteria and sediments,” explains Jack Majeres, Moody Conservation District, Dell Rapids, SD. “To date, much of our emphasis has been focused on the Skunk Creek because it was one of the most impaired tributaries.  Now,” Majeres says, “due to the concentrated efforts of this partnership and the ag producers in the Skunk Creek Watershed, the Skunk Creek is currently not impaired for sediments and has had the bacteria levels significantly reduced.”  “And that is great news for everyone,” says Zimprich.

At the award presentation, Zimprich outlined the conservation efforts by the nine entities to improve soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources, and emphasized the value, and importance of the Partnership as it helps local farmers and ranchers, but also how it provides benefits to society of clean air to breathe, quality drinking water, habitat for wildlife, and recreational opportunities. “The building of their relationship as they collaborate toward a common goal is what makes the BSRWP a shining example – not only an example to be proud of, but one that is a model for others to follow,” said Zimprich.

 

KELOLAND also covered the story. To see the news report, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

The Minnehaha Conservation District will be selling excess trees next Wednesday, June 14th, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the District shed, located at 1120 E. 72nd St. N., Sioux Falls.  The cost will be $2.25/tree or $50.00 for a bundle of 25 of the same species, plus tax.  There will be NO EARLY SALES!

Please CLICK HERE to see the list of trees that may be available.

Did you know that more than 250,000 buffer contracts with the USDA have been signed?

Did you know that buffers, when used with supporting practices, are eligible for incentive programs?

Did you know that citizen groups are providing funding for buffer programs?

HERE IS A VERY INFORMATIVE ARTICLE about buffers and other conservation practices that you can use to increase your income and benefit the environment. Give us a call — let’s work together!