UPDATED: Steps into the river

UPDATE: At the beginning of this video three different people defend the environmental costs of this project, they talk about two things 1) Fixing river erosion with walls and 2) removing contaminated (coal tar) soil from downtown. While I do agree with this environmental work, this is something that has been going on for years downtown. Remember when Fawick Park was tore up? That was an EPA directive, if my memory serves me correctly. Kinda sounds like they took the Morrell’s money, then had to come up with reasons why they can spend it on an entertainment facility. Funny.

I took this picture at 8 AM this morning, I saw a total of two men on the job site, standing and pointing (They must be foreman). I didn’t get close enough, but I noticed that the steps (in the water to your left) are a little uneven (like the forms were warped). Maybe it was an optical illusion at the distance I was at. I will try to get a closer inspection. BTW, I would like to thank John Morrell’s for graciously finishing this project for us.


#1 Joan on 08.24.11 at 8:39 pm

Maybe with the steps, the plan is to use the river for a baptismal font.

#2 l3wis on 08.24.11 at 8:42 pm

I have joked in the past they should rent it out to the baptist churches in town.

#3 Poly43 on 08.24.11 at 9:34 pm

BTW, I would like to thank John Morrell’s for graciously finishing this project for us.

Finish the project??? You are giving them way too much credit Scott. Phase I is far from complete, and yet they still needed the 1.9 million of Morrells environmental money to get this far? That money was originally budgeted for phase II. Now it’s buried in the phase I black hole. Look again at that pic you took l3wis.

SHOW ME..how that 1.9 million was to be used primarily for these 3 reasons.

1. Reduce pollution along the Big Sioux River.

2. Identify continuing sources of pollution along the Big Sioux River.

3. Develop and implement strategies to reduce and/or eliminate pollution along the Big Sioux River.

#4 Detroit Lewis on 08.24.11 at 10:21 pm

I was being snarky. C’mon Poly!

#5 anominous on 08.24.11 at 11:34 pm

That looks stupid and dangerous.

#6 Detroit Lewis on 08.25.11 at 12:34 am

I think you just coined the phrase for the EC opposition group.

#7 Brom on 08.25.11 at 7:03 am

I hope the council members volunteer for baptismal in the Poo River.

#8 Cobra Commander on 08.25.11 at 7:04 am

Sssssomeday we will have a river front just like the one in sssssssan antonio….the Joes like to walk near water with their other white friendsss, its easier for Zartan and hid Drednox to destroy them one by one on a river front….COOOOOOOBRAAAAAAA!

#9 Scooter on 08.25.11 at 9:45 am

You saw two men working? Wow that’s twice as many I have ever seen. The contractor must be pulling out the big guns to get the job done before ice.

#10 Detroit Lewis on 08.25.11 at 11:03 am

I didn’t say they were working, just pointing.

#11 The Guy From Guernsey on 08.25.11 at 2:33 pm

And so goes the continuing saga of the ‘quo’ from the sweetheart quid pro quo engineered by Munson with Scherschligt regarding purchase and demolition of the Zip Feedmill property!

We already have the ‘Monson Miracle Mile’ … by what name befitting of the Monson legacy shall we know this debacle ?

#12 anominous on 08.25.11 at 10:08 pm

Add concrete to water. Freeze, then thaw. Repeat.

#13 l3wis on 08.25.11 at 10:25 pm

‘Monson Miracle Mile’

Everytime I ride my bike past his plaque, I give it the bird. Some car driving by saw me, and thot I intended it for them and they yelled out the window, “Fuck you to.”

#14 anooner on 08.26.11 at 12:50 pm

I heard they will running boat rides from that spot. Is that true?

#15 cr on 08.26.11 at 3:30 pm

No, but they better have a manned rescue boat available around the clock, 365 days a year, because the river runs at 5 to 6 knots in this area………

So if someone falls in and gets caught in the current, how long before they reach the top of the Falls…..

AND, since the river greenway belongs to the City, who has liability for what is inevitably going to happen……………….!!??

#16 Detroit Lewis on 08.26.11 at 9:37 pm

I have a feeling this will be like Covell Lake, they will have a gigantic, ugly brown chain link around it in no time.

#17 l3wis on 08.30.11 at 7:18 am

I rode my bike by this project yesterday at lunch time and saw two guys sitting in lawn chairs at the project (probably eating lunch).

#18 anominous on 08.30.11 at 11:07 am

The environmental aspect of the project is that this will become the new de facto fishing spot for the downtown anglers’ club, designed to remove as many asian carp as possible before they make it up north to foul Lake Kampeska.

#19 Pathloss on 08.30.11 at 3:59 pm

Huether has dumped so much sewage in the river there should be a bobbing for tampons competition.

#20 l3wis on 08.30.11 at 4:21 pm

I would like to see the people that sign up for that . . . then again, maybe I wouldn’t.

#21 Analog Tape on 09.01.11 at 12:19 am

The Southdakota Canoe assn firmly believes the steps were put there for them.. Seriously..