Trash is more than just an eyesore – it pollutes our water supplies, damages fish and wildlife habitat, and spoils outdoor recreation. The League is working in three South Dakota communities to stop Missouri River pollution before it starts, thanks to a Community Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation.
The League created a series of educational signs to remind people pick up trash to keep it out of the Missouri River. We worked with the city governments of Yankton, Pierre, and Fort Pierre to install the signs in high-use public areas along the river. These three cities also host annual Missouri River clean-ups co-coordinated by the League. With data on amounts and types of trash collected from the Missouri River during these clean-up events to date, we can track changes in trash collected through future clean-ups. We are hopeful that this project will lead to less trash collected during future clean-ups, and the League will continue to communicate the urgent need for people to pick up trash every day of the year to keep it out of the Missouri River.