Keep Our River Clean!
Too much plastic is ending up in the river where it poses a threat to wildlife and spoils the scenery. Plastic film such as bags, sacks, and wrap is a particular problem because it degrades so quickly, becoming microplastics.
To keep plastic out of the river:
- Refuse plastic bags.
- Replace with reuseables.
- When you can't refuse or replace, then recycle. '
To help you recycle, we are collecting clean, dry, and empty plastic bags, sacks, and wrap at a drop off point in our foyer for the next six months. These recyclables will be used by Trex to create composite products such as boards and benches.
We also welcome classes, youth organizations, community groups and faith organizations partnering with us to collect plastic. As a partner you will receive collection bags (and a bin if you want). You agree to inspect the plastic to make sure it is clean, dry, and empty and arrange monthly drop off at the SD Discovery Center for weighing. Interested in partnering? Contact Anne at 605-224-8295
Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
The ultimate goal of the South Dakota 319 watershed information and education project is clean water through watershed protection. The primary objective of the Information and Education Project is that citizens support and voluntarily participate in programs and practices that protect watersheds.
The measurable outcomes that will achieve this objective are:
Outcome 1. Increased awareness and/or knowledge of watershed ecology.
Outcome 2. Increased awareness of non-point source pollution causes, effects and remedies and awareness of and participation in non-point source best management practices.
Outcome 3. Increased capacity to deliver non-point source information and education.
For more information please contact Anne.
The SD Discovery Center through the 319 I&E Project offers the following watershed information and education resources:
The SD Discovery Center administrates provides several minigrant projects:
Minigrants to reach adult and community audiences. Please see www.sd319minigrants.com for more information.
Minigrants to provide teachers with supplies for GLOBE investigations.
A citizens monitoring project conducted through the East Dakota Water Development District.
Funds are available to support a water festival or other festival style event for Grades 4-12 with a water component. Water Festivals that receive support from I&E are:
Sioux Empire. (Sioux Falls area)
March. Tuesday/Wednesday of University of Sioux Falls’ spring break
Big Sioux Water Festival. (Brookings and surrounding counties.)
2nd Tuesday in May
Missouri River Watershed Festival. (Yankton_
Contact: Tim Cowman
Vermillion River Days.
Contact: Grace Freeman
Northern Prairie Water Festival. (Aberdeen)
Third Thursday in September.
Central South Dakota Water Festival. (Pierre/Ft. Pierre and surrounding counties.)
Fourth Tuesday of September
Contact: Anne Lewis
We provide professional development to educators and agency staff to equip them to integrate hands-on, high quality watershed learning into their outreach. We are happy to design a training for your educators or staff to meet specific needs. Please see our professional development page for information about scheduled workshop opportunities.
Earth Echo Water Challenge.
The Earth Echo Water Challenge is an international project dedicated to building awareness of water quality through citizen monitoring. The 319 I&E Project supports Earth Echo Water Challenge by providing monitoring kits to schools, Scout groups, 4H clubs and other youth organization. Fill out this form to request kits. In filling out the form, you agree to respond to a short follow up survey, describing how the kits were used.
Envirothon is a natural resources competition for teams of 5 high school students. Students complete in skills and knowledge regarding aquatic ecology, soils, forestry, wildlife and a current issue.