Environmental

2016 Mayors BSR Water Summit

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 fourth annual Mayor’s Big Sioux River Water Quality Summit will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Sioux Falls on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 Water Summit Agenda

The 2016 Mayors’ Big Sioux River Water Summit

Downtown Storm Inlet Art Project

The City of Sioux Falls’ storm sewer system is an important public utility and the Storm Inlet Art Project is being done to raise awareness that only rainwater should go into the drainage system.

Downtown Storm Inlet Art Project

Sioux Falls Green Business Program

The City of Sioux Falls offers a Green Business Program to help businesses streamline efficiencies and become more sustainable. Click the link below to learn more.

Green Business

Waste Hauler Recycling Rates

The Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill currently licenses 21 waste haulers who provide services to residential customers. These haulers operate throughout the counties of Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner, South Dakota


Annual Licensed Waste Hauler Recycling Rates

Regional Recycling Campaign

The City of Sioux Falls recently launched a region wide campaign to standardize recycling education throughout the community. The goal of the campaign is to encourage community members to recycle properly in order to combat the amount of contamination we see in the single stream. Click the link below to learn what can and cannot be recycled in the single stream.

Disposal Guide List

Pet Waste Program

The secret is out that pet waste, when not picked up, is a form of pollution. The issues that result from improper pet waste disposal can have serious implications when it finds its way into local lakes, rivers, and streams. Click the link below to learn more about pet waste, the issues it causes, and how the City is working to reduce this pollutant.

Pet Waste Program
Animal Waste Information

Only Rain to Drain – Stormwater Awareness

The Big Sioux River provides great benefit to our community. Let’s do our part to keep this vital resource clean. Report illicit discharges to the City storm sewer at 367-8198.

Only Rain to Drain – Stormwater Information and Helpful Hints
Stormwater – Learn more about the City’s Stormwater Program

Water Quality

The City of Sioux Falls with the Central Big Sioux River Watershed coalition developed a Water-Quality Master Plan. This master plan is tool intended to be a watershed-scale, decision-support model to facilitate prioritization and placement of Best Management Practices within the watershed that are the most cost effective and provide the greatest water quality benefits.

Water Quality Master Plan
Surface Water Quality of the Big Sioux River Watershed
Total Maximum Daily Load for the Big Sioux River

What We Do

The Public Works Environmental Division is a small but dedicated team of environmental professionals committed to providing leadership in environmental management while continuing to provide the highest level of service to our customers and community. The Environmental Division also works to educate Sioux Falls on environmental matters through its Leading Green Initiative. Together this team’s charge is to protect and enhance the Sioux Falls environment through the management of responsible and reasonable local codes, standards and educational programming.

How We Do It

We achieve our goals by administering and managing a variety of programs focused on environmental areas of concern. Major programs administered or managed by the Environmental Division are the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Recycling Program, Stormwater Program and Sustainability Program (Leading Green). Our division also provides environmental assistance, regulatory and administrative services to our customers in the following areas: air quality, biosolids, brownfields, environmental assessments, groundwater, hazardous waste, pollution prevention, risk management, solid waste, surface water quality and spill prevention. Our activities are performed in a manner to help ensure that the City and our regulated community comply with the appropriate environmental standards with the goal to protect the environment and reduce environmental liabilities. Successful compliance is achieved through teamwork, public education, technical assistance, inspections, self-audits and code enforcement.

The City of Sioux Falls through its Environmental Division is committed to promoting environmental responsibility as an organization as well as emphasizing environmental awareness to all interested parties and stakeholders.

Mayors Big Sioux River Water Summit News Conference

Recycling is Easy

City Launches New Regional Recycling Education Campaign

The City of Sioux Falls is launching a new regional recycling education campaign that aims to educate citizens within the five-county area how to recycle properly. The City is committed to extending the life of the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill through various waste minimization and diversion programs and also to creating a more sustainable community now and into the future.



The Magic of Recycling



Recycling Do’s and Don’ts



2015 Big Sioux River Water Summit

Rebroadcast of the 2015 Mayors Big Sioux River Water Summit Question and Answer session with watershed stakeholders held in Brookings, SD on September 10, 2015.