Watershed district may be returning

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:42 pm

Back in the 1950s, a group formed to look at flooding in the Big Sioux River watershed. In 1963, the group formally became the Lower Big Sioux Watershed District, a legal governing body for an area of approximately 21,000 acres in South Dakota. The district started two miles north of Akron and ran to the mouth of the Big Sioux at North Sioux City.

In 1965, Congress approved a $6.4 million project to increase the channel depth of the Big Sioux, slope the channel and remove many of the bends. However, the project fell through because landowners of about 13,000 acres on the Iowa side of the river did not form an association and could not legally agree to the plan.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.