Get to know your watershed!
Take a hike!
Learn about the watershed you live in. Knowing
about your watershed will help you make informed
decisions about issues that may arise.
Look around. See what's going on in the watershed you live in.
Document things you feel don't look right and call your local
conservation district. They don't know everything happening
in the watershed unless they have help from you!
Did you know there are citizen monitoring groups throughout
the Big Sioux River Watershed? Volunteer to monitor water
quality or become involved in other things such as annual
bird counts. You could also start your own volunteer
monitoring group to monitor something that is important to
Become a Backyarder!
Participate in an Environmental Event!
Did you know Earth Day events occur in Watertown, Brookings,
& Sioux Falls every April? Check with your local conservation
district or environmental organization for a list of events
happening in your watershed. Volunteer to help at the event or
just come out and learn more about the environment!
Make a Donation!
Organize a stream or river cleanup!
Create a natural environment in your backyard by planting
native trees, grasses, and flowers. You'll find that taking
care of native vegetation is a cinch and it will attract
beautiful birds and butterflies! You can even certify your
backyard through the National Wildlife Federation (click
Be a Voice for the Environment!
If you are unable to volunteer, another option is to make a
monetary donation for a cause you support.
Trash in rivers and streams is not only an eyesore but
could be harmful to aquatic life. Garabage can be
potentially dangerous to terrestrial animals that forage
the shorelines for food. Check out the National River
Cleanup website for more ideas on how to organize a
Be the eyes and ears of your watershed. If you see something
suspicious, give a call to your local conservation office or
watershed district. Support environmentally sound ideas and
most of all, exercise your right to vote!