Big Sioux River

Concerns Over Plastic Bags in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Millennium Recycling in Sioux Falls is no longer accepting plastic bags. Now one environmental group is pushing back against the use of plastic bags altogether.  Travis Entenman enjoys walking the trails and looking out at the Big Sioux River, but recently something caught his attention that has him concerned.   “Trees had plastic hanging from it. There was…

SFPD: Human Remains Found Near Falls Park

SIOUX FALLS – A death investigation is underway in Sioux Falls after what police are calling “human remains” were discovered just north of Falls Park. According to police, two fishermen found human remains on the east bank of the Big Sioux River around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Police have not said whether foul play is involved, just that the incident is…

Rivers To Rise Again After Latest Winter Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Mike Gillispie at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has been a busy man over the last month. He is the head hydrologist, and monitors the levels and forecasts of our rivers. Our latest winter storm is going re-swell our rivers that have receded just a bit. “As temperatures starting warming up again next week, that…

Flood Waters Finally Receding

RENNER, DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- There were noticeable changes today driving through the Renner, and Dell Rapids areas. Water levels have been dropping over the last week along the Big Sioux River and other creeks. It is just about time for cities like these to start coming up with a cleanup plan. The stretch of 258th street through Renner was still…

Crews Monitor Conditions of Levee Around Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Four years ago a project to raise the levees in Sioux Falls was finished. The current high levels in the Big Sioux River may test those levels. So crews with the city of Sioux Falls are monitoring the flood control system carefully. It involves a levee or wall made of clay that wraps around the river to help prevent…

Flood Response Efforts Continue in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  As the Big Sioux River rises, the City of Sioux Falls is focused on protecting homes and businesses. The Big Sioux River should crest around 3 a.m. Tuesday. River levels are expected to stay high for 7-10 days. City officials ask that people stay away from the river as well as closed parks and the bike trial…

City Officials Announce Daily Press Conference as Floodwaters Rise

With potentially historic floodwaters expected through the Big Sioux River basin in the coming days and weeks, Sioux Falls city officials announce they will be holding daily press conferences to offer residents the most up-to-date information about what is happening. City officials, in a press release Tuesday morning, stated they will be providing revised flood forecasts and operational updates each day…

State and Public Water Access Areas Close Along Big Sioux River

The following parks are closed effective immediately

State officials Tuesday morning announced the immediate closure of the following state park and public water access areas along the Big Sioux River due to flooding. Beaver Creek Nature Area near Valley Springs Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon Palisades State Park near Garretson Lake Alvin near Harrisburg The following Public Water Access areas are closed effective immediately: 9 Mile near…

Flood Warning Issued on Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Flooding continues to be a possibility on the Big Sioux River. Water levels have been high for the past week and now a warning has been issued from Dell Rapids to the Iowa Border. So far, flooding from the Big Sioux River has been minor, and hasn’t affected much. However, some farmers need to be aware of…

UPDATE: Girl Dies in Water Rescue Incident at Falls Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a water rescue at Falls Park around noon Sunday afternoon. The crews were informed that a 5-year-old girl fell into the water. Two rescue swimmers were deployed into the water and began to break the ice where she was last seen. The girl was found unresponsive and pulseless. Paramedics performed…

E.coli Found in Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek Pose Public Health Risk

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Environmentalists are warning Sioux Empire residents of a harmful bacteria that was recently found in the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek, but the city of Sioux Falls say this news shouldn’t stress people out. The water may look clean and fresh, but it’s definitely something that isn’t drinkable. Just recently, new research came out saying the…

Dakota Access Pipeline in South Dakota

Pipeline Already Under Big Sioux River

President Donald Trump has given the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline the green light to finish construction. Ninety percent of the pipeline is complete; the remaining construction involves tunneling under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. The portion of the pipeline that is already finished includes 274 miles in South Dakota. The pipeline goes under several waterways including the…